Tooting MP Sadiq Khan has been named the Patchwork Foundation’s People’s Choice MP of the Year, in an annual ceremony held in the Speaker’s House in Parliament.
Through the MP of the Year Awards, the Patchwork Foundation highlights and acknowledges those MPs - nominated by individuals and grassroots community organisations, and subsequently picked by an independent panel of judges - that have excelled in representing such communities. The People’s Choice is their most prestigious award and was presented by well-known news presenter Martyn Lewis and BBC journalist John Pienaar.
This is the second MP of the Year Award Sadiq has won – he was named Labour MP and Overall MP of the Year in 2013.
The Patchwork Foundation aims to promote and encourage the positive integration of deprived and minority communities into British political society.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
“‘It’s a real honour to receive this award and I would like to thank all of my constituents who nominated me.
“After ten years in the job I still take great pride in getting to represent my community in Parliament – and I am grateful for the support local residents continue to show me.
“There is still more work to do, and I will continue to focus on ensuring the next generation in Tooting, and across London, gets the same opportunities our wonderful city gave me.”
Wandsworth resident and Tooting constituent, Siobhan, said:
“Sadiq is always there for his constituents when they need him and never fails to champion community campaigns. He is Tooting through and through and I’m delighted to hear he has won the People’s Choice for MP of the Year. Here in Tooting we know we’re lucky to have him, but it’s great to see his hard work recognised by the Patchwork Foundation.”
Simon Woolley, Patchwork National Advisory Board Member said:
“Sadiq Khan exemplifies an MP, who is not only a beacon of hope in which people believe: where ever you're from you can reach high office, he's also an MP who goes out there delivering, and encouraging others that together we can change our world.”
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party said:
“It is quite fitting that Sadiq Khan has won the overall People’s Choice Award for MP of the Year 2015. He is the people’s champion. A proud son of a bus driver, to human rights lawyer to the destroyer of glass ceilings. Sadiq is someone who personifies aspirations.
“I am proud to lead a party who is comfortable in choosing a son of immigrants to represent them in the London elections next year. Congratulations Sadiq, you will make a fantastic Mayor and will do the great City of London proud.”