LDV readers vote Aung San Suu Kyi your Liberal Voice of the Year

by Stephen Tall on January 10, 2011

Congratulations to Aung San Suu Kyi, who has won Liberal Democrat Voice’s fourth annual Liberal Voice of the Year award – an award which publicly acknowledges the campaigning work of non-Liberal Democrats in promoting liberal values.

She gained a plurality of votes, with 22%; the runner-up was Prime Minister David Cameron (assisted by some right-wing push-tweets), with 20%, followed by fellow Tory Ken Clarke, with 12%.

  • 22% (238 votes): Aung San Suu Kyi – for her courageous stand against political abuse in Burma
  • 20% (216): David Cameron – for his commitment to forming the Liberal-Conservative Coalition Government
  • 12% (128): Ken Clarke – for his humane approach to prisons policy
  • 11% (120): Julian Assange – for exposing state secrets to the full glare of publicity
  • 9% (96): Naomi Long – for becoming the first liberal to be elected to Westminster from Northern Ireland since 1914
  • 7% (82): Liu Xiaobo – for calling for political reforms and the end of communist one-party rule in China
  • 7% (74): Bob Ainsworth – for his controversial public call for the legalisation and regulation of all drugs
  • 5% (59): Barack Obama – for his reforming agenda, especially on healthcare
  • 4% (40): Bradley Manning – for for his single-minded belief in full disclosure by leaking US military secrets
  • 2% (21): Australian Democrats – for continuing to campaign for social liberalism
  • 1% (11): Binayak Sen – for his human rights activism in India
  • 1% (10: Andrew Wilkie – for his independent campaigning on civil and human rights in Australia
  • Total Votes: 1095. Poll ran: 1st-8th January 2011

Previous winners of the LDV Liberal Voice of the Year award:

2009: Peter Tatchell, international human rights campaigner.

2008: Campaigners on behalf of Jean Charles de Menezes (Justice4Jean.org) and Stockwell Shooting Inquest Jury.

2007: Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty.