by Stephen Tall on December 24, 2008
In total, there are eight categories for which we’re seeking votes in the LDV 2008 Awards. Nominations were submitted by LDV’s readers; the short-list was agreed by the LDV Collective; and the winners will be decided by a ‘fair votes’ ballot using the alternative vote. How much more impeccably liberal can you get?
Any LDV reader may take part; it should only take a minute or so to complete the survey.
Below is a guide to the categories and the nominees:
Liberal Democrat Politician of the Year
>> Chris Huhne – for his consistently liberal advocacy as the party’s shadow home secretary;
>> Lynne Featherstone – for her sensitive and no-nonsense campaigning over the tragic case of Baby P;
>> Steve Webb – for pushing the environmental agenda, especially for the Green Road out of Recession;
>> Vince Cable – for his far-sighted insight into the coming recession, and for constantly positioning the Lib Dems ahead of the curve.
Liberal Democrat Campaigner of the Year
>> Kirsty Williams – for her victory in the race to become the party’s first female leader in Wales;
>> Neil Trafford – for his unstinting friendship and effective campaigning for the party over many years.
>> Lynne Featherstone – for consistent, trenchant campaigning on a range of issues.
>> Ros Scott – for her overwhelming victory in the race to be elected Party President.
Liberal Democrat By-election Performance of the Year
>> Fiona Whelan (Hardwick division, Cambridgeshire) – overturned a Tory majority to win by 200 votes;
>> Jane Morgan & Nick Bason (Hale End and Highams Park ward, Waltham Forest) – for holding off a strong Tory challenge in a ward represented by Iain Duncan Smith;
>> Linda Chung (Hampstead Town ward, Camden) – for turning a Tory majority of 549 votes into a Lib Dem victory by 128;
>> Mark Mills (Holywell ward, Oxford) – for seeing off Tory and Green challenges on a polling day held on the penultimate day of the summer term in a 95% student ward.
>> Tony Potter (St George West ward, Bristol) – for leap-frogging from third to first place, ending Labour’s domination, and winning b y 107 votes.
Most Desperate Press Release of the Year by a Liberal Democrat
>> Don Foster: Football clubs ripping off fans;
>> Lembit Opik: “time for Lib Dems to stop the conspiracy against me”;
>> Lord Tyler: for calling on the BBC’s Director-General to make public the voting figures in Strictly Come Dancing
>> Nick Clegg: Proud to buy British;
>> Nick Clegg: for clarifying his atheism with the statement, “I myself am not an active believer”;
>> The Lib Dem media office: for publicly emphasising to the media the party’s plans to call 250,000 electors with an automated message by Nick Clegg.
Liberal Voice of the Year
>> Boris Johnson – for his writings for The Daily Telegraph, and his work as Mayor of London;
>> Campaigners on behalf of Jean Charles de Menezes (Justice4Jean.org) and Stockwell Shooting Inquest Jury;
>> Daily Kos and Huffington Post – for their coverage of the 2008 US presidential elections;
>> David Davis MP – for his campaign on behalf of 42 days;
>> Ian Hislop – for his work as editor of Private Eye and appearances on Have I Got News For You;
>> Joanna Lumley – for her campaigning on behalf of the Gurkhas;
>> Joseph Stiglitz – for his prescient critiques of the management of globalization, and “free market fundamentalists”;
>> Margo Macdonald MSP – for her campaign to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland;
>> The Atheist Bus Campaign (Ariane Sherine) – for launching the first ever atheist advertising campaign in the UK.
Political Broadcaster / Journalist of the Year
>> Andrew Rawnsley (The Guardian);
>> Evan Davies (The Today Programme, BBC Radio 4);
>> Keith Olbermann (MSNBC);
>> Nicky Campbell & Shelagh Fogarty (BBC Radio 5 Live);
>> Robert Peston (BBC);
>> Simon Mayo (BBC Radio 5 Live).
Political Radio / TV Programme of the Year
>> Any Questions? (BBC Radio 4);
>> Newsnight (BBC2);
>> Saturday Night Live – for Tina Fey’s impressions of Sarah Palin (NBC);
>> The Daily Politics (BBC2);
>> The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central);
>> This Week (BBC1).
Defining Political Moment of the Year
>> Alistair Darling’s Pre-Budget Report;
>> Gordon Brown for his “we not only saved the world…” gaffe;
>> Hazel Blears’ launch of the Sustainable Communities Act;
>> The collapse and subsequent nationalisation/recapitalisation of the banks in the USA and UK;
>> The election of Barack Obama as President of the USA.