Forest Gate youngsters get arty for MP Stephen Timms

Artwork created by a dozen youngsters from Forest Gate will be adorning the walls of MP Stephen Timms’ Westminster office.

Twelve children from the Minhaj-ul-Quran Mosque travelled to the House of Commons to hand over the piece last week.

It features a scene from Joseph and the Pharaoh ‑— a story found in both the Bible and the Koran.

The group who created it attend the mosque, in Romford Road, every evening to take part in its comprehensive education programme, which includes a weekly art class.

They were accompanied on their parliamentary visit by art teacher Allegra Mostyn-Owen, who has taught at the mosque for the past six years, and local Islamic leaders.

Mr Timms said of the artwork: “It is a great painting which will brighten up my office and I am very thankful to the boys for it.

“It was a real pleasure to welcome the boys from the Minhaj-ul-Quran, and some of their teachers, to the House of Commons.

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“I plan to remove a rather boring and underused notice board so I can replace it with this colourful painting.”