The first annual MP of the Year Awards took place last week at the Palace of Westminster, and I was delighted to receive the runners-up prize in the “best newcomer” category.
The ceremony, which took place in the State Rooms of the Houses of Parliament on July 15th, was organised by the Patchwork Foundation - a campaign organisation which promotes political engagement within deprived and ethnic minority communities.
The Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, was on hand to present the awards to the winners and runners-up at the event.
It is always nice to receive some recognition for the work you have been doing which, I will readily admit, is not something politicians get lots of!
The Patchwork Foundation works with politicians from across the political spectrum to encourage greater understanding of disadvantaged communities and their needs, and includes Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson amongst its patrons.
The work that they do is incredibly important. They understand that those who need politics the most are so often the ones unwilling to make their voices heard, and the more understanding of that there is the better.