Welwyn Hatfield’s Grant Shapps up for MP of the year award

PUBLISHED: 11:20 17 August 2020 | UPDATED: 10:08 18 August 2020

Welwyn Hatfield Conservative MP Grant Shapps. Picture: Supplied by Grant Shapps' office,

Welwyn Hatfield Conservative MP Grant Shapps. Picture: Supplied by Grant Shapps' office,


Grant Shapps has been nominated for an award that could see him named 2020’s Member of Parliament of the year.

The Welwyn Hatfield MP and transport secretary, who had represented his constituency since 2005, was nominated for Patchwork Foundation’s People’s Choice Awards – with the announcement being made public on Saturday.

Mr Shapps is on the list alongside other Hertfordshire MPs including Bim Afolami, Conservative for Hitchin and Harpenden, and Daisy Cooper, Liberal Democrat for St Albans, as well a former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the SNP’s Kirsty Blackman, and the only Green MP Caroline Lucas.

The transport secretary said: “Although I’m obviously very flattered to have been nominated, I genuinely find working for the community is a big reward in itself.

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“Sometimes it’s the small victories like helping someone out with their specific issue even after they’ve failed to find help anywhere else.

“On other occasions it’s the major wins, like defeating the hated Hatfield Incinerator which bring great joy to my work.

“But either way the job is in itself extremely rewarding and representing Welwyn Hatfield is – in my view – second to none. I enjoy helping people and get to do it every day of the week!”

Patchwork Foundation are a non-partisan charity that supports the participation of young people in democracy and civil society.

You can cast your vote for the People’s Choice award before the end of August 31 here patchworkfoundation.org.uk/our-work/mp-of-the-year-awards/peoples_choice.

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