Thursday, 25 January 2007

Observer Ethical Awards.

The Observer newspaper is running an ethical awards competition for the second year running, asking readers to vote for their choice in a number of categories - ethical retailer, campaigner, or project of the year, for example. Those shortlisted will be judged in April by a panel of experts and previous award nominees, including female Principal Speaker Sian Berry. The award for the ethical politician of the year will be decided by readers' votes alone before the closing date of March 2nd.

I will be voting for Caroline Lucas.

Caroline has been Green Party MEP for South-East England since 1999. Last year particular achievements included winning record-breaking support amongst MEPs from all parties for a Written Declaration proposing a ban on seal fur imports, having parliament adopt her proposals for tackling the aviation industry's contribution to climate change, and successfully campaigning on a wide range of issues including peace and human rights, animal welfare, consumer and health protection, and international trade.

In 2006 she was shortlisted for the New Statesman's 'person of the year' poll, and came out top of a study of British MEPs' public profile. She received the RSPCA's 'Michael Kay' award for services to European animal welfare, and she is a member of the decision-making National Council of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

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