A TALENTED Halesowen schoolgirl has won James Morris MP's Christmas card competition.

Jasmine Hidri, who is in year three at Newfield Park primary, had her design selected from more than 900 entries from schools across Halesowen and Rowley Regis.

James decided Jasmine’s design, featuring a Christmas tree dressed in baubles with a Halesowen theme, would be this year’s winner.

The baubles on the tree feature references to Halesowen-born former economist and MP Thomas Attwood, the poet and landscape gardener William Shenstone, Halesowen Town FC and local firm Somers Forge.

James visited Newfield Park on Friday (December 8) to congratulate Jasmine.

 He also visited Blackheath Primary School, Highfields Primary School and St Michael’s CofE High School on Friday to present certificates to the runners-up and will also be visiting Olive Hill Primary School and Windsor High School.

James said: "Once again the standard of entries was very high with lots of strong contenders, but with Jasmine’s card I really liked the way she combined Christmas with our local heritage.

“It was great to meet Jasmine in person to present her with her certificate, and to visit the runners-up too. They can all be very proud of their efforts.

“I also want to thank the staff at all schools who’ve taken part in my competition for getting their pupils involved, and I wish all our teachers and education staff in Halesowen & Rowley Regis a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year.”

Steve Payne, Headteacher at Newfield Park Primary School, said: "We have lots of talented children here, and it's wonderful that one of our budding young artists can be recognised.

"Jasmine's very much looking forward to her card being delivered to so many people in so many different walks of life!”