Posts tagged Politicians
Renaissance Man: George Freeman MP Reinventing Business in Britain's Countrysides

Seeking to revolutionise mainstream politics, George Freeman MP gave up his business career to challenge politics and return power to the people, then became a grassroot diplomat.

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Frank Field MP Demonstrates Climate Change Entrepreneurship in Parliament

Frank Field MP is something of an oddity around Westminster and a perfect grassroot diplomat.

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A Platform for Business, a Platform for Success

Karen Lumley MP won the Grassroot Diplomat Honouree for her work on local business. See why the judges chose her as our new Grassroot Diplomat role model.

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Initiative Award Winners Announced for 2016
John Glen MP Nominated for the Veteran’s Village

John Glen MP of Salisbury is nominated for his involvement with the Veteran’s Village. In his role as MP, Mr Glen has been an advocate for individuals and families, both within his constituency and across the UK, who are living in poverty. Mr Glen, who believes that “there is more to poverty than economics”, has been a supporter of the Troubled Families Programme, which focuses on truancy and anti-social behaviour rather than measures of individual income.

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Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns Nominated for Charitable Marathon Runs

Secretary of State for Wales Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP for Salisbury is nominated for his long-standing commitment to raising money for local charities. Mr Cairns described the lifestyle of an MP to being “lonely” where one can succumb into unhealthy eating habits and unbalanced lifestyle. As a motivation to keep active, Mr Cairns decided to commit himself to running the London Marathon every year with the goal of raising money for local charities within his constituency.

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Sharon Hodgson MP Nominated for Holiday Hunger Campaign

Sharon Hodgson MP is nominated for her work on ensuring that children have meals during school breaks. Ms Hodgson has been a prominent voice in campaigns for children to have a decent meal during school break, after successfully securing commitment from the Prime Minister in protecting free school meals for children.

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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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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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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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Grassroot Diplomat Honouree Jeremy Corbyn becomes Labour Party Leader

Grassroot Diplomat is pleased to welcome Jeremy Corbyn as the new Labour Party leader. As one of the first Honouree of the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award, Mr Corbyn was recognised for his outstanding and numerous support to non-government organisations and civil society across the United Kingdom, both during his political, and non-political career. 

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Richard Graham MP Nominated for Set-up of Gloucestershire Credit Union

Mr Graham is nominated for setting up the local Gloucestershire Credit Union. With a population of roughly 600,000 residents, Mr Graham noticed how very few credit unions existed in Gloucestershire. With 10,000 people living in social housing, many of his constituents were vulnerable to become reliant on pay day lenders who are known to charge unaffordable interest rates.   

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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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Laura Sandys MP Recognised for National Epilepsy Awareness

A passionate and dedicated campaigner, Member of Parliament for South Thanet Laura Sandys has been nominated for her ongoing work on epilepsy awareness. Having epilepsy herself, Ms Sandys has a deep understanding regarding the concerns surrounding this issue and has consistently been pushing the debate through parliament.  

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Frank Field MP Nominated for Championing Climate Change with Cool Earth

Frank Field is nominated for his work with climate change charity Cool Earth. Set up in 2007, Mr Field founded the organisation with businessman Johan Eliasch as a reaction to the failure of any progress made to halting deforestation. The idea was originally conceived when Mr Field read how Johan had bought a part of the Brazilian rainforest, employing members of the local community as rangers and gave open access to local communities for sustainable farming. 

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Parliamentary Rock Band MP4 Nominated for Rocking Jams for Charities

Led by Rt Hon Sir Greg Knight MP (Conservative, East Yorkshire), Pete Wishart MP (SNP, Perth and North Perthshire), Kevin Brennan (Labour, Cardiff West), and former Labour MP Ian Cawsey, the band was formed in 2004 as the first and the world’s only Parliamentary Rock band.  

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