CLEAN-CUT MP Jason McCartney is bristling up for a hairy challenge.
The Colne Valley member is taking part in Movember – a combination of the slang word “mo” for moustache and November.
He will be shunning his razor for a month in a bid to raise awareness of men’s health issues.
The annual charity challenge sees men grow moustaches to raise cash for prostate and testicular cancer.
Participants, or ‘Mo Bros’, record the progress of their facial hair with daily photographic updates and can also raise cash through sponsorship.
Mr McCartney said he had a lost a good friend to prostate cancer and had vowed to take part after talking to fellow MP John Healey during his Movember challenge last year.
He said: “My very close friend Des Layton from Mirfield, who helped get me into hospital radio, died of prostate cancer and he’s been in my thoughts lately.
“Us men aren’t very good at talking about our problems so I want to raise awareness of men’s health issues.
“I recently did the State of Mind campaign with for the Rugby League, to raise awareness of depression in sport following the death of Terry Newton.”
Mr McCartney said despite several years serving as an officer in the RAF he had never grown a moustache before.
He said: “I’m a bit worried, I’m not sure I will be able to grow one.
“Before every meeting I go to I’m going to have to explain to everybody that I haven’t got out of bed late and that I’m doing it for a very worthy cause to help men’s health issues.”
Movember began in Australia and last year more than 112,000 people in the UK took part, raising more than £11m.