York politicians finish their charity weight-loss contest

York politicians finish their charity weight-loss contest

Cllr Williams, left, and Cllr Alexander show how much they’re slimmed down thanks to their fundraising efforts.

The two councillors before their diet started

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THE leader of City of York Council has dropped six-and-a-half stones in six months as part of a weight loss challenge.

Since January 1, Cllr James Alexander has been in competition with finance chief, Cllr Dafydd Williams, to lose weight and to raise over £1,300 for York Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) .

Cllr Alexander won the challenge, losing a third of his bodyweight and ten inches from around both his waist and his chest.

Meanwhile Cllr Dafydd Williams, has lost two-and-a-half stones - 16 per cent of his body weight. He started the challenge weighing in at 15 stone and now weighs 12 stone 8 lbs.

Cllr Alexander, who said people don't recognise him and he's had to give his old clothes to charity, said: “Staff at York’s Special Care Baby Unit were there for my family when they were most needed and I want to thank everyone who has sponsored and supported Dafydd and I during the challenge.

"This started off as a bit of fun, but it has saved and changed my life. If I can become healthy, anybody can."

He began the challenge weighing almost 20 stone with a waist of 46 inches and a chest of 52 inches - coming in on the BMI index at 44 - morbidly obese and ended the challenge weighing 13 stone 5 lbs, a BMI of 29, with a 36 inch waist and 42 inch chest.

Cllr Williams, whose forfeit for not beating Cllr Alexander is to buy him a curry, said: “When I became the council’s cabinet member for finance I knew belts had to be tightened, but I didn’t realise it would be so literal."

Sister Ann Elliott of York's Special Care Baby Unit said: “Everyone involved with the Special Care Baby Unit really appreciates the fund raising that is done for them. The money raised helps with the purchase of new equipment and to update facilities for the families of the babies on the unit."

Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/politicalheavyweights or by texting the code FLAB97 followed by amount (e.g. £5) to 70070.

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8:09am Thu 3 Jul 14

MrsHoney says...

Well done, although I'm not sure that's a healthy rate to be losing weight I guess it was for charity.
Well done, although I'm not sure that's a healthy rate to be losing weight I guess it was for charity. MrsHoney
  • Score: 6

8:22am Thu 3 Jul 14

nearlyman says...

Impressed !!..............sham
e they are so bad at running York.
Impressed !!..............sham e they are so bad at running York. nearlyman
  • Score: -1

8:31am Thu 3 Jul 14

piemagico says...

Fantastic achievement. Both looking good but I'm not sure about the Shoreditch stubble.
Fantastic achievement. Both looking good but I'm not sure about the Shoreditch stubble. piemagico
  • Score: 11

8:46am Thu 3 Jul 14

jaycee says...

Well done-but the best comment he made was that 'people don't recognise him now'.After all the abuse he has received it's probably the best reason for the weight loss.
Well done-but the best comment he made was that 'people don't recognise him now'.After all the abuse he has received it's probably the best reason for the weight loss. jaycee
  • Score: 7

10:07am Thu 3 Jul 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

If I saw two prominent councillors, grinning back-to-back, as they did that with their trousers on a leafy York street, I think I'd report it to somebody...
If I saw two prominent councillors, grinning back-to-back, as they did that with their trousers on a leafy York street, I think I'd report it to somebody... Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 7

10:19am Thu 3 Jul 14

The Great Buda says...

Paul Cordock wrote:
Well done James.

Fantastic personal achievement. Just make sure you keep the weight off and long may you continue with the fantastic work you are leading in York.

I'm personally looking forward to a new slimline James leading Labour to another 4 years in power in York in 2015. All the best mate.
Who ever this is, I salute you.
[quote][p][bold]Paul Cordock[/bold] wrote: Well done James. Fantastic personal achievement. Just make sure you keep the weight off and long may you continue with the fantastic work you are leading in York. I'm personally looking forward to a new slimline James leading Labour to another 4 years in power in York in 2015. All the best mate.[/p][/quote]Who ever this is, I salute you. The Great Buda
  • Score: 27

10:41am Thu 3 Jul 14

Dr Brian says...

No wonder Alexander wants to lose weight to be unrecognisable. He is the most hated man in York.

Well done to him for doing something good for once - but lots of people rails lots of money for charity and do it without wanting publicity which is clearly what "slim Jim" wanted.

10 more months and he will have disappeared completely from the York political scene.
No wonder Alexander wants to lose weight to be unrecognisable. He is the most hated man in York. Well done to him for doing something good for once - but lots of people rails lots of money for charity and do it without wanting publicity which is clearly what "slim Jim" wanted. 10 more months and he will have disappeared completely from the York political scene. Dr Brian
  • Score: -13

10:52am Thu 3 Jul 14

Y.I.P. says...

Paul Cordock wrote:
Well done James.

Fantastic personal achievement. Just make sure you keep the weight off and long may you continue with the fantastic work you are leading in York.

I'm personally looking forward to a new slimline James leading Labour to another 4 years in power in York in 2015. All the best mate.
your clearly having a laugh,however well done boys
[quote][p][bold]Paul Cordock[/bold] wrote: Well done James. Fantastic personal achievement. Just make sure you keep the weight off and long may you continue with the fantastic work you are leading in York. I'm personally looking forward to a new slimline James leading Labour to another 4 years in power in York in 2015. All the best mate.[/p][/quote]your clearly having a laugh,however well done boys Y.I.P.
  • Score: 6

11:54am Thu 3 Jul 14

Dave Ruddock says...

so it does not explain their eating habits before, attention grabbing before he or they Sign Onn
so it does not explain their eating habits before, attention grabbing before he or they Sign Onn Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 1

1:33pm Thu 3 Jul 14

eeoodares says...

Wow, thats an impressive weight loss, well done!
Wow, thats an impressive weight loss, well done! eeoodares
  • Score: 0

4:46pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Flabbergob says...

For any diet to be successful it has to include vegetables, a fact now proven.
For any diet to be successful it has to include vegetables, a fact now proven. Flabbergob
  • Score: 3

6:09pm Thu 3 Jul 14

bolero says...

Keep it up James. With a bit of luck you might disappear altogether. Now that would make for a much healthier city.
Keep it up James. With a bit of luck you might disappear altogether. Now that would make for a much healthier city. bolero
  • Score: -2

7:44pm Thu 3 Jul 14

julia brica says...

Five bob says he will pile it back on and never be heard of again after the next election.
Five bob says he will pile it back on and never be heard of again after the next election. julia brica
  • Score: 5

8:12pm Thu 3 Jul 14

rat scabies says...

Cllr Alexander, who said people don't recognise him and he's had to give his old clothes to charity, said: “Staff at York’s Special Care Baby Unit were there for my family when they were most needed ???

Didn't realise he was a family man?? Never seen him with his kids or wife, how many kids as he got? Just thought he was a self centred wanna be M.P.
Cllr Alexander, who said people don't recognise him and he's had to give his old clothes to charity, said: “Staff at York’s Special Care Baby Unit were there for my family when they were most needed ??? Didn't realise he was a family man?? Never seen him with his kids or wife, how many kids as he got? Just thought he was a self centred wanna be M.P. rat scabies
  • Score: 6

9:27pm Thu 3 Jul 14

piemagico says...

rat scabies wrote:
Cllr Alexander, who said people don't recognise him and he's had to give his old clothes to charity, said: “Staff at York’s Special Care Baby Unit were there for my family when they were most needed ???

Didn't realise he was a family man?? Never seen him with his kids or wife, how many kids as he got? Just thought he was a self centred wanna be M.P.
The guy has a right to keep his wife and kids out of the public eye.
[quote][p][bold]rat scabies[/bold] wrote: Cllr Alexander, who said people don't recognise him and he's had to give his old clothes to charity, said: “Staff at York’s Special Care Baby Unit were there for my family when they were most needed ??? Didn't realise he was a family man?? Never seen him with his kids or wife, how many kids as he got? Just thought he was a self centred wanna be M.P.[/p][/quote]The guy has a right to keep his wife and kids out of the public eye. piemagico
  • Score: 0

2:39am Fri 4 Jul 14

marvell says...

I think the headline you're searching for is...

POLITICAL LIGHTWEIGHTS...
I think the headline you're searching for is... POLITICAL LIGHTWEIGHTS... marvell
  • Score: 3

9:24am Fri 4 Jul 14

TheTruthHurts says...

piemagico wrote:
rat scabies wrote:
Cllr Alexander, who said people don't recognise him and he's had to give his old clothes to charity, said: “Staff at York’s Special Care Baby Unit were there for my family when they were most needed ???

Didn't realise he was a family man?? Never seen him with his kids or wife, how many kids as he got? Just thought he was a self centred wanna be M.P.
The guy has a right to keep his wife and kids out of the public eye.
Not that it matters but i dont think that he has ever had a girlfriend....
[quote][p][bold]piemagico[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rat scabies[/bold] wrote: Cllr Alexander, who said people don't recognise him and he's had to give his old clothes to charity, said: “Staff at York’s Special Care Baby Unit were there for my family when they were most needed ??? Didn't realise he was a family man?? Never seen him with his kids or wife, how many kids as he got? Just thought he was a self centred wanna be M.P.[/p][/quote]The guy has a right to keep his wife and kids out of the public eye.[/p][/quote]Not that it matters but i dont think that he has ever had a girlfriend.... TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 1

3:07pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Blimp says...

Big labourman is missing pounds?

Brilliant, love it! More please.
Big labourman is missing pounds? Brilliant, love it! More please. Blimp
  • Score: 0

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