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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The votes are in, and we now know which parliamentarian has won this year's Spectator/Threadneedle Readers' Representative Award. Their name will be revealed at the Parliamentarian of the Year Awards lunch But here, first, we can announce which reader's nomination most caught the judges' collective eye.

So congratulations, Sam Rice, whose impassioned support for Douglas Carswell has earned him a bottle of champagne and two tickets to the lunch at Claridges where the awards are announced.

Here is Sam's nomination: 'I would like to nominate Douglas Carswell MP for Parliamentarian of the Year. His dedication and clearheadedness during the expenses scandal have been second to none; his foresight before it - as seen in his policy proposals - uncanny; and his campaign to unseat Speaker Martin unparalleled in its historical and democratic importance. There has been no issue this year of greater consequence for the public interest than the expenses affair. …

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