What award categories are there?
There are three award categories:
- Politician of the Year (open to people who hold elected office)
- Bridge-Builders of the Year (open to two or more people who have worked across divides)
- Campaigner or Influencer of the Year (open to organisations and people who are not elected)
If you aren’t sure which category someone fits into, don’t worry. Pick the one you think fits best, and we will reallocate them if needed.
What are the criteria to decide who wins?
We expect to decide who will win the awards looking across a range of factors, but good entries will demonstrate:
- engagement in the political process to find areas of agreement;
- an ability to admit past failures and errors, and current failings;
- demonstration of openness to changing their minds and to explain why;
- an ability to make sincere apologies for past errors and learn from it;
- demonstration of commitment to reconciliation and bridging divides;
- engaging in politics with courtesy, good humour and kindness, with an acknowledgment that most people are engaged in politics for honourable motives, even if their policies and decisions may be mistaken.
Who can nominate you, and how do you enter?
You complete the entry form. People can self nominate or be nominated by others. Should a vital name be missed out, the judges reserve the option to put an extra name into the ring.
No one is civil all the time – how will you handle that?
No one is perfect, and that includes us. Everyone involved in this project is happy to admit we haven’t always got it right. We are looking for people who, more often than not, help our democracy function more effectively.
Is there a prize?
The winning Politician of the Year will be able be able to nominate and award £3,000 to a charity in their constituency. We hope that the charity will communicate they received these unrestricted funds thanks to their representatives’ civil behaviour.
Is this open to people outside Westminster?
Absolutely, we’re hoping to hear from people and organisations across the UK. That includes those in devolved institutions and local councillors. The non-elected influencer of the year is open to individuals and organisations. We believe they have an important role to play and want their efforts to be recognised too.
Will there be an awards ceremony?
Yes, we’ll announce a shortlist and there will be an early evening awards ceremony. We’ll close nominations on Dec 31st 2019, reveal the shortlisted entries in January 2020 and host the awards in March.
What if there is a general election?
We recognise a general election may effect some of the timings on this – but that isn’t a reason to delay entering if you know someone who is doing work worthy of recognition.
How can we keep up to date with what is happening?
Easy – sign up for our email updates, that will be where we announce the shortlist and news about the awards
I’m from the press – how do I get in contact with you?
You can send us a message on the contact us page, or drop us an email on email@example.com
What if I want to nominate someone who is a judge?
Go ahead. Judges aren’t able to vote for themselves though.
If someone is the leader of a major party or candidate for a leadership contest can they win?
After a bit of thought, the judges opted not to include the leaders of major parties at Westminster or candidates for leadership election. A small number of nominations from several parties were discounted due to this.
How is this being paid for?
The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust is supporting the awards. All judges and organisers are giving their time in kind. If you want to find out more about the awards, please drop a line to the organisers via firstname.lastname@example.org