Patchwork Foundation recognises her work with deprived communities
Picture: Left to Right – John Pienaar (Patchwork Patron), Mr Speaker (Patchwork Patron), Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Siddiq Musa (KPMG ) and Sir Martyn Lewis (Patchwork Patron)
Justine Greening, MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields, has been named Overall MP of the Year by the Patchwork Foundation for her work with deprived, minority and under-represented communities.
The award recognises the work the Education Secretary has done with local community organisations such as Regenerate, the National Autistic Society and Arts4Dementia.
This is the second year in a row she has been recognised having won Conservative MP of the Year in 2015. In 2014 she was runner up for the same award.
Ms Greening said, "I am honoured to have won the MP of the Year Award. The Patchwork Foundation does a fantastic job of getting young people involved in our democracy and political process, with its workshops and mentoring. That's all vital if we're going to have a political system that works for everyone and is inclusive. Its been great to be involved as an MP and locally I do my best to work with our whole community on the issues that matter to all of us."
The winners were announced by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, who is also Patron of the Patchwork Foundation, at an awards ceremony sponsored by KPMG at Speakers House on 2 November 2016. The event, which is organised by the politically unaffiliated Patchwork Foundation, highlights and acknowledges those MPs - nominated by individuals and grassroots community organisations, and subsequently picked by an independent panel of judges - who have excelled in representing underrepresented, deprived and minority communities.
Prime Minister Theresa May said, "I would like to congratulate the winners of tonight’s awards - MPs who are willing to go the extra mile to make politics accessible, relevant and open to all. I would like to congratulate JustNovember 9, 2016ssion in politics is to make this a country that works for everyone – where you can rise to the top no matter who you are and where you are from. At the moment, there are too many professions where those from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds are underrepresented. Although we have made huge strides, politics is still one of those professions. We need to change that."
The Patchwork Foundation aims to promote and encourage the positive integration of under-represented, deprived and minority communities into British Political society.
November 9, 2016