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Conservative MP 'is tallest ever'
Daniel Kawczynski
The new Tory MP apparently comes from a town of very tall people
A newly-elected Conservative has claimed he is the tallest ever MP.

Shrewsbury and Atcham's Daniel Kawczynski stands at six feet eight and a half inches (204.5cm) which he says makes him officially a giant.

But the average height of doors in Westminster is six feet eight and now he wants ministers to take account of an increasingly tall UK population.

"Being officially a giant myself... you want to raise things which pertain to yourself and people like you," he said.

Appearing on BBC Radio 4's Today programme , Mr Kawczynski said Shrewsbury could boast the world's tallest town crier and Britain's lankiest couple, as well as the "tallest ever MP".

Tall story?

Getting through doorways is not the only problem - Mr Kawczynski says he has to drive fifty miles to buy a shirt that fits him.

And the MP does not stand alone - he's part of a growing trend.

Professor John Komlos of Munich University, who has been studying human height, says that Europeans have been getting taller for 150 years, making them the "tallest population in the world".

By contrast Americans, who used to be taller than their European counterparts, have stayed about the same since the 1950s having been the tallest in the world for 200 years.

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