Magazine article The Spectator

The Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards 2009

Magazine article The Spectator

The Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards 2009

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All is not lost. While the standing of parliament as a whole is at a low ebb, our readers have jumped at the chance to highlight those politicians who - whisper it - are a credit both to their exulted positions and to the country. Yes, your nominations for The Spectator/ Threadneedle Readers' Representative Award have been pouring in for the past couple of weeks, and we've had figures from every major party represented.

A popular figure in the early nominations is the Conservative MP Douglas Carswell. Patrick Duffy describes him as 'a free-thinking radical with integrity, who champions the right of the people to self-determination'. To which Arlene Florian adds, 'he is principled, and puts country before party and before his own interests'. James Stevens, though, tops the lot; praising Carswell for 'having the testicular fortitude to oust the Speaker'.

It was, of course, Carswell's motion of no confidence which set the clock ticking on Michael Martin's speakership.

Martin also crops up elsewhere. …

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