Posts tagged Policy Driver
What's in a Name?

Why did changing the name of a terrorist group become so significant to the community? Here is the story why Rehman Chishti MP won the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. 

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The Queen of Flights and Tourism

Welcoming our newest cohort, Jamaican High Commissioner Aloun Ndombet-Assamba won the 2016 Policy Driver Award for her lobbying efforts in reforming the Air Passenger Duty.

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The Dual Mexican Year of Unity

As he starts an exciting new role in the United States, Ambassador Diego Gómez Pickering earned the Grassroot Diplomat Honouree award in 2016 for his work on the Dual Year of Mexico.

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Mexican Ambassador HE Diego Gomez Pickering Nominated for Dual Year of Mexico

Ambassador of Mexico HE Diego Gomez Pickering is nominated for his pioneering work of carrying out activities throughout The Dual Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom in 2015. The ultimate goal for the Mexican embassy is to get a better understanding of the country at grassroots level, and the Dual Year of Mexico was part of this process.

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Kate Osamor MP Nominated for Yarl’s Wood Campaign

Kate Osamor MP is nominated for her campaign work on behalf of Yarl’s Wood detention centre.
Ms Osamor is not afraid to utilise her position in the government to call out the faults in the system that hinder progress and development for the people. She has been prominent in speaking out against discrimination against women in the workplace and various walks in society.

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Jamaican High Commissioner HE Aloun Ndombet-Assamba Nominated for Air Passenger Duty Reform

HE Aloun Ndombet-Assamba has been nominated for her lobbying efforts to reform Air Passenger Duty affecting tourism between UK and the Caribbean. The controversial travel tax was introduced by Britain in 1994 as measure to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. However, the tax made flying into Jamaica and the Caribbean more expensive, attracting substantial taxes that hurt airlines, business users and consumers.

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Baroness Lola Young Nominated for Work on the Young Review

Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE was nominated for her work on the Young Review, which looks to improving outcomes for young black, and Muslim men in the Criminal Justice System (CJS). In 2013, Baroness Young chaired a Task Group comprising ex-offenders and representatives from the voluntary, statutory, private and academic sectors to advise and help shape the Young Review.

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Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards Nominated for Police Helicopter Campaign

Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr is nominated for his campaign to save Dyfed-Powys Police helicopter services. Previously a coal mining area, Carmarthen and Dinefwr is highly rural with a fragmented population and high number of tourists. Survivors who have been trapped in these difficult terrains would have died without the aid of helicopter services that operate search and rescue operations.

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Sir Roger Gale MP Nominated for Manston Airport Campaign

A long-serving MP, Sir Roger Gale has been nominated for his tireless work in supporting to save Manston Airport. Manston Airport has a long and proud history stretching back 100 years, having played a major role in World War One and Two, as well as being the training ground for the Royal Air Force. The airport is considered a national asset by grassroots advocates, who have campaigned to keeping the airport open and ensure its survivability.

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Caroline Nokes MP Nominated for Body Image Campaign

Caroline Nokes MP for Romsey and Southampton North has been nominated for her campaign in leading policy changes against unrealistic body standards for women within the fashion industry. While the subject of body image has been open for scrutiny in the media, parliamentarians have only recently entered into the debate at government level. of unhealthy body weight in the media and fashion industry.

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Rehman Chishti MP Nominated for Countering Extremist Propaganda

Rehman Chishti MP has been nominated for successfully influencing the government to refer to the terrorist group, the so-called Islamic State as “Daesh”. This terrorist group has linked itself to Islam in order to gain legitimacy. Its heinous attacks in the name of Islam has propelled public fear and paranoia against Muslims, misrepresenting the message of Islam and the religion itself on a global scale.

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Baroness Finlay Puts Life Before Death

A licensed doctor and member of the House of Lords, Baroness Finlay has successfully stitched together issues of medicine and politics by dedicating herself to improving care for the terminally ill. It is for this reason she has been awarded the Grassroot Diplomat Honouree for Palliative Care and Organ Donor Option.  

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Councillor Karen Bellamy Raises the Bar above Poverty

Councillor Karen Bellamy is one of the hardest working Councillor in the borough, who had set up food banks and other centres for people to donate to just to save families from starvation. She has spent much of her time bringing education into families whose language may not be English and creating a community where people look out for each other. 

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Robert Buckland Standing up for the Rights of People with Autism

Winning the 2013 Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award, Member of Parliament Robert Buckland has been one of the most outspoken champions on autistic rights particularly on special education during his term in parliament since his 2010 inauguration.

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Hail the Diversity Champion Councillor Sanchia Alasia

Councillor Sanchia Alasia, policy winner for the 2014 Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award, was chosen for her work on equality and diversity. Successfully winning her position in May 2010 by unseating BNP member Robert Bailey, Cllr Alasia become the youngest woman on the council. Now, as part of the Labour Black Women’s network, Cllr Alasia mentors women as well as pointing them to shadowing opportunities, so that they can learn more about how to get involved in local politics and public life. 

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Dame Tessa Jowell MP Recognised for Work on Former Sure Start Programme

Dame Tessa Jowell MP of Dulwich and West Norwood is nominated for her work on the Sure Start Programme. Founded in 1998, Sure Start was created to support children and early infancy through education in developing emotional attachment which could make the difference whether a child does well in school, and becomes a good citizen.  

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Walthamstow Councillor Karen Bellamy Shortlisted for Award on Poverty Action

Councillor Karen Bellamy of Walthamstow Council is nominated for her inspiring work on poverty action. Before being elected into office in 2010, Cllr Bellamy was a community activist for 20 years and has a real understanding of local issues within her local borough. For a borough with few social housing, Waltham Forest is the sixth most deprived borough in London and twenty third in the United Kingdom with at least 52% of children living in poverty. 

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