Labour MP for North East Derbyshire, Natascha Engel has been recognised for her work as the first ever Chair of Parliament’s Backbench Business Committee. The prestigious Political Studies Association made the award of Parliamentarian of the Year to Natascha at its Annual Awards ceremony in London last night (26 November 2013).
Natascha received the accolade from the Association for her work in creating an important forum for reigning in Government control over Parliament, championing the rights of backbenchers and providing a real commitment to improving the quality of parliamentary debate.
Commenting after the presentation Natascha said,
“Being Chair of the Backbench Business Committee is a great privilege. The Committee has changed the way Parliament works and has made the democratic process much stronger and livelier. Through the work of the Backbench Business Committee we have helped backbench MPs represent their constituents and get their issues debated in Parliament. I am delighted and honoured to receive this award.”