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Senior Turkish Chambers Nominated for Chamber of Commerce Leadership Initiatives

Emma Edhem CC, Common Councilman of the City of London Corporation is the first representative of the Corporation to be shortlisted. Her work includes changing and aligning Chambers of Commerce and Industry to become leading facilitators of bilateral trade and investment and setting up new initiatives to help drive young entrepreneurs and professionals towards economic and social development.

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Croatian Ambassador HE Ivan Grdesic Nominated for Croatian Cultural Expansion

HE Ivan Grdešić has been nominated for his work on showcasing the culture and talent of Croatia within the European Union. The political and diplomatic landscape of Croatia changed significant after the accession of Croatia into the EU in July 2013. As the 28th member of the club, the EU confirmed that Croatia belongs to the European democratic and cultural set of values which the embassy had readily embraced.

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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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High Commissioner of Botswana HE Roy Warren Blackbeard Nominated for Service to Diplomatic Corps

HE Roy Warren Blackbeard, High Commissioner of Botswana to the Court of St James, is nominated for his longstanding service to the Diplomatic Corps in the UK. Mr Blackbeard is the second longest serving Ambassador in the UK, where he was appointed in 1998. He is also the Dean of the African Union Heads of Mission and the Commonwealth.

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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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Keith Vaz MP Nominated for Diabetes Charity Silver Star

Keith Vaz MP for Leicester East is shortlisted for the Grassroot Diplomat Initaitive Award for founding of diabetes charity, Silver Star. Silver Star seeks to raise awareness of diabetes through advocacy and delivery of free diabetes testing and lifestyle advice to the general public. Diabetes can be a killer when undiagnosed, and can lead to devastating complications including lower limb amputation, blindness and cardiovascular disease.

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Julie Cooper MP Nominated for Campaign to Save the Chai Centre

Julie Cooper MP for Burnley has been nominated for the campaign to save vital community centre, the Chai Centre in Stoneyholme. The Chai Centre is described as an open access healthy living centre for the community with a café, gym and sauna. The centre is in one of the most deprived parts of town and provides the local community, with facilities that bring people together in one of the most positive ways. The centre has become a casualty of cuts.

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Lord Raj Loomba Nominated for Awareness of the Rights of Widows

Lord Loomba CBE is nominated for his longstanding work on the global rights of widowers through his charity, Loomba Foundation – the only organisation in the world to work on this important issue. The inspiration to start work at the Loomba Foundation came from Lord Loomba’s late mother, Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba, who became a widow at the early age of 37 and succeeded in educating her seven young children single-handed.

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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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The Good High Commissioner Marie-Pierre Lloyd

Ms Marie Pierre Lloyd, the High Commissioner of Seychelles, has helped empower many disadvantaged Seychellois through her work with MPower Seychelles. Throughout her work, Ms Lloyd has placed ‘those marginalised and vulnerable individuals and groups in Seychelles society’ at the centre of whatever she is doing, and has always done her best for those in need.

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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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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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Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott Award Nomination for Tomorrow's People

Baroness Stedman-Scott is nominated for her inspiring work with national employment charity, Tomorrow’s People. Baroness Stedman-Scott has a strong passion for improving the lives of individuals living on the margins.  She joined Tomorrow’s People in 1984 from the Salvation Army. In the thirty years since the charity was founded, 470,000 people have been helped on their journey back to work. 

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Nepalese Ambassador Driving Business for the Gurkha Community

Renowned as tough and brave soldiers, over 200,000 Gurkhas fought in the First World War as part of a regiment in the British Army. The regiment, originally from the hill-town region of Gorkha in Nepal, have received 26 Victoria Crosses, the highest British military decoration awarded for valour and will be marking their 200th anniversary serving in the British Army later this year.

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Grassroot Diplomat Announces Diplomatic and Political Award Winners

Diplomatic consultancy Grassroot Diplomat today hosted a star-studded even to announce the political and diplomatic winners for the 3rd Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards at The May Fair Hotel. See who are winners are here.

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