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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Big Ben strikes eleven, and time is running out for you to nominate a politician for The Spectator/Threadneedle Readers' Representative Award.

We've had an enthusiastic response so far, which just goes to show that our parliamentarians can't be all bad.

Look beyond the venal faces that are dominating newspaper coverage at the moment and you'll find quieter, more hard-working, conscientious sorts. Our job is to celebrate them.

Boz Robinson began this past week's nominations with a dose of adulation for Frank Field who, he writes, 'stands head and shoulders above anyone else in his own party for integrity and commonsense, and above most other MPs in both the other main parties'. Stephen James looked towards the Labour front benches and the figure of our Chancellor: 'It's hard not to feel sorry for Alistair Darling, who not only had to pick up the pieces from Brown's chancellorship, but was almost sacked in the process. For his tenacity, he deserves our admiration. …

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