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Rupert gets Parliamentary boost
Rupert the Bear's new look (Entertainment Rights/PA)
Rupert was given a new image for the animated series
A museum featuring Rupert the Bear has said it is delighted that 10 MPs have mentioned him in Parliament.

The MPs from all parties tabled a Commons motion welcoming the return of an updated animated series of Rupert to British TV after 14 years.

The Museum of Canterbury has a section devoted to the 86-year-old character, who was created by illustrator Mary Tourtel, who lived in the Kent city.

"It's really nice that MPs are backing Rupert," said curator Martin Crowther.

The MPs, led by Conservative Andrew Rosindell, said the bear was "much loved" and a "fine example of traditional British children's entertainment".

They said that even though Rupert had been around since 1920, he had a "significant place" in children's entertainment in the 21st Century.

Mr Crowther said since Rupert began appearing on Five, there had been an increase in visitors to the museum.

Rupert the Bear and friends
Rupert the Bear was created for the Daily Express in 1920

"We have lots of visitors anyway, but with any publicity there are always new visitors.

"The return of Rupert to television has caused a huge amount of excitement in Canterbury."

The interactive museum looks at Rupert's connections with Canterbury through Mary Tourtel.

"He is a British institution and the stories are set in a little village, which is fairly typical of many we have here in Kent," said Mr Crowther.

The Commons motion is signed by Conservatives Andrew Rosindell, Ann Widdecombe, Lee Scott, David Amess, Philip Davies, Bob Spink, Sir Nicholas Winterton and Tim Loughton, Labour's Lindsay Hoyle and Liberal Democrat Bob Russell.

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