‘Lib Dem Minister of the Year’ award goes to local MP

Local MP Norman Baker has received an award at the Asian Voice Political and Public Awards. Award winners are nominated by the readers and supporters of Asian Voice newspaper with winners being selected by a panel of independent judges. Keith Vaz MP, one of this year’s judges, praised Norman for bringing “vast knowledge and new ideas to the Home Office.” During his time at the Home Office Norman has been working combating violence against women, to eradicate FGM, reducing the use of animals in scientific research and improving the effectiveness of the country’s drug policies.Norman at the Political and Public Life Awards

The award is the latest in a series of awards since Norman became an MP, including Channel 4’s Opposition Politician of the Year and The Spectator’s Inquisitor of the Year as well as last year’s Outstanding Contribution to Transport, presented to him on his leaving the Department for Transport at the National Transport Awards.

The Asian Voice newspaper was founded 40 years ago and, over the years, has been at the forefront of reporting on stories and issues that directly relate to the UK’s ethnic minority communities.

The award was won last year by Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

Norman Baker MP says:

I am very honoured to be given this award and it is very gratifying to receive such recognition for my work in the Home Office, despite having only been there for less than six months. I hope that the work I am doing, and continue to do, will make a real difference to people’s lives, especially to the most vulnerable in society and those who have suffered as the victims of crime.”