Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley was last night crowned Other Parties MP of the Year at the Patchwork Foundations #MPoftheYearAwards
Through the MP of the Year Awards, The Patchwork Foundation highlights and acknowledges those MPs – nominated by individuals and grassroots community organisations, and subsequently picked by an independent panel of judges – that have excelled in representing such communities.
There were over 130 MPs nominated from across the country including MPs from different faith groups and ethnic backgrounds.
Mr Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow MP and Patron of the Patchwork Foundation announced the winners of the MP of the Year Awards 2017 sponsored by KPMG at Speakers House on 15th November 2017, for those MPs who have represented and work well with underrepresented, deprived and minority communities across the country.
Commenting after the event, Angela said:
“It is an honour to have won the MP of the Year award.
“The Patchwork Foundation gives people from all backgrounds the opportunity to engage with democracy, and I am especially impressed with the work it has done to help young people from deprived communities achieve their full potential.
“I believe democracy works best when every part of society is included, and I have worked in my constituency to engage those who often felt left behind.
“I am very humbled to have been nominated for this award, and delighted to have won.”
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, 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 Angela Crawley recognised in this year’s Parliamentary Awards for her excellent work campaigning for social justice, and working to make politics more representative for everyone.”