Renfrewshire MP Mhairi Black has won the SNP People’s Choice MP of the Year Award.
The awards are organised by the Patchwork Foundation, whos aims are to promotes and encourage the positive integration of under-represented communities into society. They present awards to MPs who have represented and work well with underrepresented, deprived and minority communities across the country.
The winners of the MP of the Year Awards 2017, sponsored by KPMG, were announced by the Speaker of the House, John Bercow MP and Patron of the Patchwork Foundation, Sir Martyn Lewis, announced the winners at Speakers House last night.
The MPs are nominated by individuals and grassroots community organisations, and subsequently picked by an independent panel of judges – that have excelled in representing such communities. There have been over 130 MPs nominated from across the country including MPs from different faith groups and ethnic backgrounds.
On winning the award, Mhairi Black MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South said: “The Patchwork Foundation stand for highlighting and celebrating engagement with underrepresented communities and that is why it is such an honour to receive an award from them for a second time.
“To be nominated by the public, once again, is extremely humbling and heart-warming, and I would like to send my sincerest thanks to everyone who nominated me. I am absolutely delighted to receive this honour once again.”
Nicola Sturgeon, SNP Leader and MSP said: “I’m proud to support the fantastic work of the Patchwork Foundation, which plays an important role in promoting the involvement of underrepresented groups and minority communities in parliament and politics.
“The SNP is strongly committed to equality, and to ensuring representation and inclusion for all communities. I’m delighted to see Mhairi Black being recognised in this year’s Parliamentary Awards for her excellent work campaigning for social justice, and working to make politics more representative for everyone.”
Siddiq Musa, KPMG Partner said: “KPMG is delighted to sponsor the Patchwork MP of the Year Awards for the fourth consecutive year. We fully support the Foundation’s drive to engage under-represented, deprived and minority communities with politics. The vote to leave the European Union brought into sharp relief regional inequalities which exist across the UK.
“These inequalities are felt most by young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. As a firm, KPMG is committed to tackling social mobility. Our strong regional and national presence allows us to lead this debate in the business community. By using our convening power and influence, we work collectively with other sectors to address the critical social issues facing the UK today.
“It is crucial that as a Firm, we open up access to high-quality employment opportunities, and, that government, business and the third sector work together to strengthen the link between education and employment, ensuring that every young person has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.”
Photo: Left to Right – Claire Warnes (KPMG: Head of Education, Skills and Productivity), Mr Speaker (Patchwork Patron), Mhairi Black MP & Sir Martyn Lewis (Patchwork Patron)
The full awards were:
- Overall MP of the Year – Dawn Butler MP
- Overall Newcomer MP of the Year – Heidi Allen MP
- Overall People’s Choice MP of the Year – Rt Hon Diane Abbott MP
- Conservative MP of the Year – Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
- Newcomer Conservative MP of the Year – Alan Mak MP
- Conservative People’s Choice MP of the Year – Jacob Rees-Mogg MP
- Labour MP of the Year – Jon Ashworth MP
- Newcomer Labour MP of the Year – Jess Philips MP
- Labour People’s Choice MP of the Year – Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP
- Other Party People’s Choice MP of the Year – Caroline Lucas MP
- Newcomer Other Party MP of the Year – Angela Crawley MP
- SNP People’s Choice – Mhairi Black MP
- Overall Newcomer People’s Choice MP of the Year – Anglea Rayner MP
- Masterclass Tutor of the Year – Rt Hon Justine Greening MP
- Civil Servant of the Year – Steve Newbound
- Patchworker of the Year – Nana Yaa Acheampong