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Charlotte Leslie still cuts a 'Baywatch babe' figure as she recreates red swimsuit pictures

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 20, 2014

Now a Tory MP for Bristol, Charlotte Leslie has recreated the pose she struck as a student when she worked as a lifeguard on the beaches of Bude in Cornwall PICTURE: SWNS

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Bristol MP Charlotte Leslie has recreated the picture which emerged of her last week when she spent the summer working as a lifeguard.

The 35-year-old posed in her red swimming costume to raise awareness of the lifesaving efforts carried out daily on Britain's coasts.

The picture mirrors a photograph taken in 1999 when she was just 20, when she worked as a lifeguard in Cornwall during university days.

The MP said the photo was a reminder of her happy summers where she learnt "invaluable skills" about life.

And she added: "It taught me a huge deal that I am so grateful for. The skills I learnt I use now in the world of politics.

"Unfortunately, people think talking is the same thing as doing in politics, when it is definitely not.

"Recreating the picture made me remember how nice it was being in an outside office again, rather than rushing around parliament with bells going off and having to scurry to vote.

"It brought back too many memories. There is definitely more of me now than there was back then mind you," she added.

She became one of the youngest MPs in parliament when she was elected aged just 31 in 2010.

Before her political career she was an Olympic swimming hopeful and worked as a lifeguard patrolling the beaches of Bude, Cornwall before and during university.

Speaking after the picture was taken at Portishead Lido, the MP said the work of Bude Surf Life Saving Club was invaluable and added that any money she received from the shoot would go to the Bude Surf Life Saving Club.

But she said the clubs, and many others across the country, were run by an "amazing army of volunteers" and needed all the support they could get to survive.

"The Bude club is amazing, it trains kids from as young as seven and they are trained all the way through to passing their Life Saving exams and get employed on our beaches.

"It is completely run by volunteers, when you are on the beach you are safe thanks to an army of volunteers. It is completely charity based and all self-funded.

"It is absolutely amazing, it is like the fourth or fifth emergency service which no one really knows about.

"The sea is such a dangerous place, people often don't know how to behave, it is not only their task to patrol but to educate the public too.

"I believe Bude was the first Life Saving club to open in Britain. It is due to celebrate its 60th anniversary this year, which is just amazing. But they are desperately trying to source funding to redevelop its clubhouse and to maintain its incredible record of service to the community. They need all the help they can get."

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