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ePolitix announces Charity Champion award winners

Parliamentarians have been praised for their work in promoting and assisting charitable causes at the first ePolitix Charity Champion awards.

A lifetime achievement award was presented to veteran disability campaigner Lord Ashley of Stoke by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP. There were also written tributes for Lord Ashley from the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer was himself voted the ePolitix Children’s Champion.

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The ePolitix Charity Champion awards, sponsored by Charity Logistics, were based on nominations by charities large and small for parliamentarians who they felt had championed charitable causes. Parliamentarians themselves then voted online for the winners.

The winners were:

Lord Ashley said: “ePolitix has simulated parliamentary interest more and more and more. They have got MPs, Peers and the public to be interested in supporting charities like never before. This interest is absolutely crucial.”

Commenting on the awards, ePolitix’s Managing Director Michael Hepburn said:
“At a time of increasing cynicism towards politics and politicians, these awards shine the spotlight on the hard work many parliamentarians devote to promoting charitable causes and campaigns in Parliament, to constituents and to the wider public.”

The ePolitix Web site features articles from charities who nominated parliamentarians for these awards. These charities include BAAF, Barnardos, British Horse Society, Cancer Research UK, Counsel and Care, Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, MENCAP, Rotary Club, Teenage Cancer Trust, VOICE, and Womankind Worldwide.

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