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Politician of the Year Awards

If 2018 proved anything it was surely that politics is never dull. It is also without doubt that the fallout from those seismic events will continue to hog the headlines during 2019. The ramifications of the Brexit vote and its impact on Scotland’s constitutional position will dominate the news agenda.
The Herald has led the debate in Scotland with its agenda-setting Beyond Brexit series which tackled the big issues surrounding the vote and how they might impact on Scots. During the course of 2019, we continued our unparalleled coverage and comment, both in print and online, and we once again held The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards.

The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards

If 2018 proved anything it was surely that politics is never dull. It is also without doubt that the fallout from those seismic events will continue to hog the headlines during 2019. The ramifications of the Brexit vote and its impact on Scotland’s constitutional position will dominate the news agenda. The Herald has led the debate in Scotland with its agenda-setting Beyond Brexit series which tackled the big issues surrounding the vote and how they might impact on Scots. During the course of 2019, we will continue our unparalleled coverage and comment, both in print and online, and we will also, once again, be hosting The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards.

2020 Event Date

For more information on The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year 2020 event please email Lyndsay Wilson, Events Director at Lyndsay.wilson@heraldandtimes.co.uk

Sponsors

We would like to thank our 2019 sponsors for their support.

Sponsorship

For more information on the sponsorship packages available, please contact, Events Director, Lyndsay Wilson on 0141 302 7407 or Lyndsay.wilson@heraldandtimes.co.uk

Category sponsorships of The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards 2019 offer a unique opportunity to associate your organisation with the leading political and business event in Scotland and offers your organisation:

FACE TO FACE CONTACT – with key decision makers.

FLEXIBILITY – long term and tactical media activity.

EXCLUSIVITY – entertain key clients in a relaxed, informed and unique environment.

ACHIEVE TIGHTER TARGETING – build & deepen a relationship with your desired audience segment and key business and political figures.

Categories

  • Best Scot at Westminster – Supported by Virgin Trains

    The Scottish MP who has made the biggest impact and had most influence in their role at Westminster, either within their own party or for the country.

    Last year’s winner:  Paul Sweeney MP

  • Donald Dewar Debater of the Year – Supported NVT Group

    The MSP who has demonstrated the best debating skills within the Scottish Parliament, either with fellow MSPs or the media. This can be considered on a one speech performance or over the course of the past year.

    Last year’s winner: Michael Russell MSP

  • Committee MSP of the Year

    The backbench MSP who has stood out most in Holyrood’s vital committee system. The winner will be a parliamentarian who has shone in the role of scrutinising legislation, inquiring into public policy and holding ministers to account. They will have a talent for finding the right question in committee meetings and presenting their case in committee debates.

    Last year’s winner:  Bruce Crawford MSP, Finance and Constitution Committee

  • Community MSP of the Year – Supported by Scottish Grocers Federation

    A new category which would have been titled ‘Constituency MSP of the Year’ if Holyrood did not have regional as well constituency MSPs. The winner will be an MSP who has fought hard for people in their constituency or region on a big local issue or high profile individual case.

    Last year’s winner: Anas Sarwar MSP

  • One to WatchSupported by ScottishPower

    This award will recognise an MSP who demonstrates potential to rise through the ranks of their party and/or in Parliament.

    Last year’s winner: Kate Forbes MSP

  • Politics in Business Award – Supported by The Royal Bank of Scotland

    This award recognise s engagement with the business community to create a more business-friendly environment. MSPs, MPs and MEPs are all eligible to be considered.

    Last year’s winner: Murdo Fraser MSP

  • E-Politician

    This award will recognise an MSP or MP who has successfully used digital communication channels (twitter, facebook, blogs) to connect and interact with both the public and media in a meaningfully way.

    Last year’s winner: Nicola Sturgeon MSP

  • Public Campaigner of the Year 

    A public award to recognise an individual or group that has best engaged with the political system to change legislation.

    Last year’s winner:  Gillian Murray

  • Scottish Local Politician of the Year – Supported by openreach

    This award recognises the achievements of a politician working within one of the 32 Scottish local authorities. The recipient will demonstrate outstanding and innovative public service and commitment to the community they serve.

    Last year’s winner: Councillor John Alexander, SNP, leader of Dundee City Council

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

    This award is not presented on an annual basis but to mark the achievements of an MSP or MP whose political career has a consistent history of service above and beyond the call of duty throughout their career.

  • Scottish Politician of the Year

    The MSP who demonstrates the biggest contribution to the political process in Scotland throughout the year.

    Last year’s winner: Jeane Freeman MSP

    Shortlist & Winners 2019

    • Best Scot at Westminster – Supported by Virgin Trains
      • Ian Blackford
      • Jo Swinson
      • Joanna Cherry QC – Winner
    • E-Politician of the Year
      • Humza Yousaf MSP
      • Joanna Cherry QC
      • Murdo Fraser MSP – Winner
    • Donald Dewar Debater of the Year – Supported by NVT Group
      • Iain Gray MSP
      • Jackson Carlaw MSP – Winner
      • Michael Russell MSP
    • Public Campaign or Campaigner of the Year
      • British Heart Foundation Scotland – Nation of Lifesavers – Winner
      • Jackie Baillie MSP / Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Drug Advance
    • One to Watch – Supported by ScottishPower
      • Liam Kerr MSP
      • Michelle Ballantyne MSP
      • Ross Greer MSP – Winner
    • Scottish Local Politician of the Year – Supported by Openreach
      • Councillor Adam McVey, SNP, leader of City of Edinburgh Council
      • Councillor Gail Macgregor, Conservative, COSLA Resources Spokesperson
      • Councillor Susan Aitken, leader, Glasgow City Council – Winner
    • Committee MSP of the Year
      • Adam Tomkins MSP
      • Edward Mountain MSP – Winner
      • Jenny Marra MSP
      • Murdo Fraser MSP
    • Lifetime Achievement
      • Sir Paul Grice
    • Community MSP of the Year – Supported by Scottish Grocers Federation
      • Angela Constance MSP
      • Gail Ross MSP
      • Jackie Baillie MSP – Winner
    • Scottish Politician of the Year – Presented by The Herald
      • Jackson Carlaw MSP
      • John Finnie MSP
      • Nicola Sturgeon MSP – Winner
    • Politics in Business – Supported by Royal Bank of Scotland
      • Dean Lockhart MSP
      • Derek Mackay MSP – Winner
      • Ivan McKee MSP

      Event

      These awards are an annual highlight of the country’s political and social calendar and the ongoing fallout from the Brexit vote and changes to government means this year’s event will be the focus of huge interest.

      Since they were established in 1999, The Herald has always seen the awards as a way of bringing people together to promote high standards of political performance and foster constructive relationships between the worlds of politics and business.

      The evening is enjoyed by elected officials, key decision makers, commentators and opinion formers and is seen as a means to make new contacts and relationships and renew old acquaintances.

      The event is always memorable but as well as being hugely enjoyable it also recognises the excellent work carried out at both Holyrood and Westminster and recognises politicians – at a national and local level – who have helped to shape events.

      The 2019 Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards took place on Thursday, November 21 at Prestonfield, Edinburgh.

      Click here to download a list of previous finalists and winners.

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      If you have any questions or need more information on the awards, please contact Events Director, Lyndsay Wilson on 0141 302 7047 or Lyndsay.wilson@localiq.co.uk.

      Lyndsay Wilson

      Events Director

      lyndsay.wilson@localiq.co.uk

      0141 302 7047

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