Parliamentary Charity Regatta to feature on BBC Two

The Parliamentary Charity Regatta is set to appear in BBC Two documentary Meet the Lords tonight (6 March).

The 2016 event, then called the Parliamentary Boat Race, saw a boat of Peers take to the Thames in front of the Houses of Parliament to race against a boat of MPs and is one of the highest-profile sporting events in the Parliamentary calendar.

Last year, it raised £10,000 for charity and from 2017 onwards, the event will expand and is seeking to raise even more.  The change in name to the Parliamentary Charity Regatta reflects the increasing number of participants, and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Rowing’s aspiration to at least double its previous charity donation.

Lord Thomas of Gresford captained the Lords boat and features in this evening’s show.  He said “The Meet the Lords documentary showcases the work of the Upper House, and the day-to-day operation of Members.  It also highlights some of the more diverse work we do – including promoting rowing and fundraising through the Parliamentary Charity Regatta.  It’s an excellent event and one I hope many more people will take interest in after this evening’s documentary.”

Meet the Lords appears on BBC Two at 9pm.