Telegraph hack's UKIP bet sees him streak through Westminster for charity (and Ladbrokes)

The Telegraph's political commentator, Dan Hodges, has streaked down Westminster (nearly) naked to raise money for charity the Terrence Higgins Trust - with Ladbrokes sponsoring the stunt.

Before the 2015 election, Hodges said on Twitter that if UKIP achieved more than six per cent of the national vote, he would streak down Whitehall naked.

He kept his word, and later contacted sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust to offer to turn it into a fundraising event. The charity was chosen following UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s comments prior to the election that migrants living with HIV should be blocked from entering the UK.

Hodges said: "Its a great honour to be getting naked and mobile on behalf of the Terrence Higgins Trust. I have got a number of political predictions wrong in my career, but this is the first that has gone to helping such a worthwhile cause."

Betting company Ladbrokes also got involved in raising money for the charity as it offered to sponsor Hodges’ naked streak, which took place on Thursday morning.

The bookmaker opened a special book betting on the time it took him to complete the streak, donating the proceeds to Terrence Higgins Trust as well as adding a separate sum of £500. The total raised is now more than £1,300.

Sonya Trivedy, executive director of fundraising at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: "We are really thrilled at both Dan and Ladbrokes' generosity. It is to Dan’s credit that he is keeping his word 243 days after the general election results. It is all in good fun, but for Terrence Higgins Trust Dan’s choice to donate underpins a serious issue."

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