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Guest blog: Welsh Political Awards 2010

Alison Goldsworthy is the Welsh representative on the Liberal Democrats Federal Executive and one of the judges on this year’s Welsh Political Awards.

Earlier this week Wales’s political year reached a crescendo with the annual ITV Wales/FBA Welsh Politician of the Year Awards.

Designed to recognise achievements and future potential the judging panel gathered in late October to decide who won what.

With judges from each party and journalists on the panel I’m sure some of us held our breath as the weeks between judging and awards proved to be anything other than quiet politically. For some of them, I am sure there will be next year.

You can catch the awards on ITV 1 Wales at 23:05 tonight (10 December) or on the  ITV player here but he’s the lowdown on the winners – as decided by the judging panel:

  • Politician of the Year: Jocelyn Davies AM for her work in getting the Housing LCO[1] through
  • AM of the Year: Andrew Davies AM, for scrutinising the government from the backbenches now he, for the first time, is not a Minister in Government.
  • MP of the Year: David Davies AM, the newly appointed chair of the Welsh Select Committee impressed the judges with a disarmingly even handed and positive approach to Wales and devolution.
  • Member to Watch: Owen Smith MP, newly elected MP in Pontypridd for his performance in Select Committee and the chamber of the House of Commons
  • Local Politician of the Year:Cllr Hugh Evans, Leader of Denbighshire Council for his work in turning the authority around.

Each of the winners received a cartoon drawn by ITV Wales’ very own Mumph. It’s fair to say some were less and some more flattered by his depiction of them. I’ll let you make up your own mind as to who was who…

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[1] that is more affordable housing in Wales to those of you fortunate enough to the excruciating way Wales’ currently makes legislation


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