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Tuesday 8th May 2012 | 09:38
Nominations for the inaugural PoliticsHome Awards are now open.
There are already a few political awards contests out there, but ours aims to be different in some key respects.
First, our categories will reflect the fast-moving online world in which Parliament and politics now works. So we have a Tweeter of the Year award, Blogger of the Year award and Hashtag of the Year award.
Second, we will stage our awards at the end of a Parliamentary session, rather than the end of a calendar year. That way we can reflect Westminster's May-to-May timetable between Queen's Speeches.
Third, some awards will be open only to MPs and Peers, while others will be wider and open to anyone.
Check out our 2011/12 PoliticsHome Awards website for full details. You can email your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations close next Wednesday.
We will be staging the awards on Monday, June 18, so put that date in your diary. It should be a great evening.
Here are our categories:
Political Moment of the Year – As we come to the end of the Parliamentary session, this award will be given to the single most memorable moment of the last twelve months. Which Parliamentarian made an impact in a single intervention?
Speech of the Year – Oratory is not dead. Who delivered the best address of 2011/12?
Central Lobby/PHOpinion Contribution of the Year – Central Lobby gives politicians and stakeholders the chance to put their point across in their own words in an Op-Ed. From a shortlist of our Editor's favourites, readers will vote for the best contribution.
MP of the Year – Simply, who has been the best MP? Who has thrived in the new Coalition age of politics?
Peer of the Year – With a large number of new Peers created at the start of the Parliament, and with the Lords having great impact and headline grabbing moments, who from the Upper House has been the Peer of note in the last year?
Parliamentary Campaign of the Year – As well as government legislation, individual MPs and Peers often take personal campaigns to heart, either on their key issues, or to fight for their constituents. This award will showcase the unsung heroes fighting for a cause close to their hearts
Social Media: Tweeter of the Year – Social media has never been more influential, and not least through the medium of Twitter. Who in the political world has most impressed you over the last year?
Social Media: Blogger of the Year – Blogging still matters for those who need longer than 140 characters to put their case. Who over the last year has been most impressive?
Social Media: #hashtagoftheyear – Twitter is dominated by quirky links highlighting a conversation. This award will look at the innovative, amusing and the more bizarre use of the # tag over the last year.
Political Scoop of the Year – News is our business at PoliticsHome. We aggregate and link to fellow media organisations every hour, every day of the year; we’ll be rewarding the best political story over the last 12 months.
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