On the 26th February, Zac Goldsmith MP was voted Conservative Backbencher of the Year at the Asian Voice ‘Political and Public Life Awards’.
These awards are given annually to individuals who have made a special impact in the preceding 12 months, ranging from international politicians to individuals who have made a big difference in their local communities.
This is a unique event where readers nominate and an independent panel of judges comprising of eminent personalities selects the winners.
CB Patel, Publisher/Editor of Asian Voice said: “Our awards this year recognised some incredible people who have made an enormous contribution to public life. I am so proud that we can celebrate those who have made a positive difference across all walks of life, regardless of political party, race, colour or religion.’
Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Panel of Judges said: “I am delighted that we were able to celebrate some superb achievements at this year’s Political and Public Life Awards. After so much hard work, the achievements of towering figures and rising stars in British politics were deservedly celebrated.”
Speaking about his achievement, Mr Goldsmith added “Asian Voice is by far the biggest paper of its sort, and I’m hugely flattered that its readers have given me this award for my work. It has been an immeasurable honour to represent and campaign on behalf of my community since the last election, and I hope I’ll have a chance to continue doing so for another term.”
Other winners included William Hague for a Lifetime achievement award and Ambassador Dr Ion Jinga for Diplomat of the Year.