Debbie Abrahams nominated for MP of the Year Awards 2021
Date published: 12 November 2021
Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams
Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has been nominated for the MP of the Year Awards 2021.
The awards celebrate the work of MPs from across the country who actively work with underrepresented and disadvantaged communities across the UK.
Ms Abrahams, who won the ‘Labour People’s Choice MP of the Year’ in 2019, said: “I’m so honoured to be nominated for an award for a second time. The fact that I’ve been nominated by my own constituents means so much to me. Hopefully, I’m contributing to making a difference to people’s lives and helping to change how we do politics, from an adversarial system to one which is more compassionate and has people at its heart."
The work that the MP has been nominated for includes addressing human rights and inequalities in three areas: disabled people and health, including dementia friendly Oldham; internationally, including in Kashmir and Afghanistan; and in power and politics, working on shifting political culture, which has become hostile and antagonistic.
Ms Abrahams added: “These are just a few of my priorities but they demonstrate that whatever issues I find myself dealing with in Oldham East and Saddleworth I know I can use them to demonstrate the need to tackle the same issues on a national, and even international, basis.
“If I win the MP of the Year award I hope I can use the platform to make even more in-roads into tackling these issues locally, nationally, and internationally.”
The awards are organised by The Patchwork Foundation, who created the awards to promote and highlight best practice of MPs across the country who work closely with diverse communities.
The MPs are nominated by members of the public, or grassroots community organisations, and selected by an independent panel of judges who look for evidence of MPs delivering excellent representation and coverage to otherwise underrepresented sectors of society.
The awards will take place in January at the Speaker’s House in the House of Commons.
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