Magazine article The Spectator

The Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards

Magazine article The Spectator

The Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards

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Nominations for the inaugural Spectator's Readers' Representative award are now open. The entries received so far show that there are at least some elected officials who have earned both the trust and respect of their constituents.

Oliver Mitchell puts forward Dr Julian Lewis, part of the shadow defence team.

Mitchell, 19, met Lewis at the Festival for Heroes event and was touched by the interest that Lewis took in him. Mitchell concedes that his view is biased but says 'were more MPs able to make so positive an impression in one chance meeting, the faith in politicians of the public and armed forces might be restored'.

Gary Powell nominates Anne Milton, the MP for Guildford. Mr Powell is campaigning against the procouncil bias of the Local Government Ombudsman and has been heartened by Milton's willingness to listen to those with complaints about the process.

Powell writes: 'My faith in the possibility of some politicians being decent and principled was restored when I heard about Anne Milton's support of a constituent who had presented her with a complaint about appalling and heartbreaking injustice at the hands of his council and then the Local Government Ombundsman. …

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