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MARK Menzies met with X-Factor host Dermot O’Leary at a special event designed to raise the profile of a environmental charity.

Mr O’Leary, who is currently presiding over the latest series of the hit ITV talent show, was present at the Parliamentary reception held by the Young People’s Trust for the Environment (YPTE).

The star, an honourary president of the charity, gave a speech to MP’s on the importance of its work in encouraging young people to take an interest in green issues.

Mr Menzies said: “Obviously Dermot is a huge star with X-Factor currently on our TV screens and has a keen interest in politics having hosted Young People’s Question Time on the BBC.

“It’s easy to forget, among the often negative tabloid headlines we read about people in the public eye, that many celebrities do give up a lot of their time for very good causes.

“Dermot was a very nice guy and, for someone like me with a keen interest in green issues and green energy, the work of the Young People’s Trust for the Environment was equally fascinating.”

Hannah Wilkinson, host of BBC’s Live ‘N Deadly and a former presenter of Channel Five flagship children’s show Milkshake, was also on hand to help raise awareness.

The event, hosted by Jessica Morden MP, saw both presenters, as well as YPTE director Peter Littlewood, talk to MP’s about the work of the YPTE.

YPTE give talks, free of charge, to schools up and down the country on issues like climate change and conservation.

They also host residential courses and environmentally themed holidays and run the Total Green School Awards.

Their work is also backed by top environmental TV stars like David Bellamy, Terry Nutkins, Rolf Harris and John Craven who are all honourary presidents of the charity.

To learn more about the work of YPTE visit www.ypte.org.uk, email info@ypte.org.uk or call (01460) 271717.

To enter the awards visit www.totalgreenschoolawards.org

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