Scottish Politician of the Year Awards

Politics is the beating heart of Scottish life: dominating the news agenda, sparking lively debates, and influencing our daily lives for better or worse – now and in the future.

It is certainly never dull and, with the push for Indyref2, politics is sure to generate many headlines in the year ahead. The seismic disruption of the pandemic and the continuing impact of Brexit has meant Scotland’s politicians have never faced greater challenges.

As always, The Herald has held Holyrood and Westminster to account and led the debate with brilliant insight, analysis, and opinion. Our agenda-setting series Who Runs Scotland and the new 10-part Scotland’s Future series, which kicked off this month, have explored the key issues and asked the important questions.

Throughout 2022, we will continue our unparalleled coverage and comment, both in print and online, and we look forward once again to celebrating those politicians who have made a significant contribution when we hold The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards.



Thursday, November 24
2022/11/24 18:30:00
Click here to download a list of previous finalists and winners.


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  • Best Scot at Westminster

    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.

  • Donald Dewar Debater of the Year – Supported by Aiir Networks

    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.

  • 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.

  • Community MSP of the Year

    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.

  • One to Watch – SUPPORTED BY ScottishPower

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

  • Politics in Business Award

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 – Presented by The Herald

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


The prestigious awards are an annual highlight of the country’s political calendar. Since they were established in 1999, the event has brought 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.

As well as being hugely enjoyable it 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 2022 Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards will take place on Thursday, November 24 at Prestonfield, Edinburgh.

  • Thursday, November 24
  • Prestonfield, Edinburgh
  • 6.15pm

*Limited spaces available


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