Scottish Politician of the Year awards return after three years

THE Herald is relaunching the Scottish Politician of the Year awards today, recognizing those providing vital leadership in these exceptional times.

This year’s ceremony will be the first since the Covid pandemic forced its suspension.

His return after three years comes as the country faces unprecedented challenges and underscores the need for strong and imaginative leadership from our politicians to meet them.

Along with the cost of living crisis, the lasting effect of the pandemic on the NHS and the repercussions of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the past year has seen a series of dramatic developments at Holyrood and Westminster.

Nicola Sturgeon has set a date for a new independence vote and is taking action in the Supreme Court over whether Holyrood can hold it.

Scottish Labor under Anas Sarwar overtook the Conservatives in local elections in May.

And Douglas Ross went back and forth on Boris Johnson’s future, before the Prime Minister finally ran out of steam.

Launched in 1999, the awards are the high point of the Scottish political calendar and are sponsored by ScottishPower, Openreach and Aiir Networks.

A jury chaired by Callum Baird, editor of Newsquest Scotland & Northern Ireland, owner of the Herald, will compile a shortlist in October.

The winners of the Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards 2022 will be announced at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh on November 24.

The Herald also welcomes proposals for Public Campaigner of the Year, last won by the British Heart Foundation Scotland to ensure CPR is taught in all secondary schools. Applications close September 30.

ScottishPower chief executive Keith Anderson said: “After not being able to meet in person for some time, it’s great that the awards are back on the political calendar. ScottishPower are delighted to play again. a role in recognizing the achievements of all these nominees.”

Robert Thorburn, Openreach Partnership Director for Scotland, said: “We have big ambitions in Scotland. We continue to expand ultra-fast fiber optic broadband across the country, including in the hardest-to-reach rural areas, and transition our fleet of diesel-to-electric vans while striving to to provide an ever better customer experience.

“With these great ambitions come great challenges, which we are working closely with partners from all political backgrounds to address. Expanding and exploiting digital connectivity are just some of the difficult and complex issues facing Scottish politicians, and the Herald’s Awards are a great platform to celebrate all they do, at all levels, to help the nation.

Hamish Fraser, Group Chief Executive of Aiir Networks, said: “Aiir Networks is delighted to be able to once again host the Herald’s Scottish Politician of the Year awards as the most exciting event on the Scottish political calendar.

“This will be the third time that Aiir Networks has sponsored the Donald Dewar Debater of the Year award category and we very much look forward to hearing from the nominees and debating who will be the most worthy winner of this coveted award.

“We wish the Herald every success for the 2022 awards although from experience we already know it will truly be an evening to remember.”

To make suggestions for the Public Campaigner Award, contact [email protected] or call 0141-302 7407.

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