HALESOWEN and Rowley Regis MP James Morris has got on his bike for a good cause as he cycled in support of the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.

The Tory MP raced alongside serving members of the Armed Forces on an exercise bike to raise money for the appeal.

He was also joined on the 12-hour bike ride by the speaker of the House of Commons, the director general of the RBL and other members of parliament.

James represented his constituency by cycling as far as he could in five minutes, with the hope of topping the leader board and beating his fellow colleagues.

He managed to cycle 2.57km during his five minute slot on the bike.

James said: “I would like to thank the Industry and Parliament Trust and The Royal British Legion for arranging this event.

“The Royal British Legion provides invaluable support to the Armed Forces community. I am pleased to have been able to support such a worthy cause.”

The event followed on from a successful bike ride held in 2016, where 77 MPs and peers cycled a total of 128.8 miles in 12 hours.

MPs were encouraged to donate as they take part, with all of the money raised on the day going to help the RBL provide lifelong support for the Armed Forces community.

Nick Maher, CEO of the IPT, said: “The work of The Royal British Legion is essential to the lives of the whole Armed Forces community across the UK and I am delighted that MPs and peers are supporting us in our efforts to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.

“The support and enthusiasm from parliamentarians and service men and women has been fantastic.”