I have decided to post these details not as a shameless plug, but to highlight this award as most people will have no idea these awards actually exist. These awards not only cover those Councillors who are elected to District and County positions, but the often unsung heroes of local government, Town and Parish Councillors.
So know of anyone that should be nominated look at the categories and if you can spare five minutes and feel someone is worthy, please submit an application. You have until January 18th.
“The C’llr Achievement Awards are the only national ceremony which celebrates the contributions of councillors from across the political spectrum. Now in their fourth year, the Awards promise to be even bigger and better than before. The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the 2013 Awards Ceremony.
So if you know an outstanding councillor who has made a positive impact to their community, we want to hear from you! This year the following 11 awards will be up for grabs at the 2013 ceremony:
Awards might not be everyone’s cup of tea, and at times it seems there is an award for opening a door. But one set of awards is worthy of mentioning because the finalist of this award are in many parts the forgotten heroes of any authority. I know every gog in local government is important, I just think this department is often overlooked for any type of recognition, or pat on the back.
The department in question is Democratic Services and this department is one of the finalist in the MJ Awards. I can almost hear people saying ‘and they do what?’ I described them when I was asked to a video on the service, the engine of Cornwall Council and more than posh admin. Every council has a democratic service, but in smaller authorities like town and parish council’s they are more commonly known as a town or parish clerk.
At Cornwall Council this group of people has to deal with 123 members all with different needs and complaints. This is not an easy job to do, especially if you throw in politics. However, every man-jack-of-them carries out this duty in a neutral and efficient manner. They do not just do this, but help set agenda’s, make sure reports are correct, and generally get all the information from the whole council to the Councillors (these are just some of their functions). Without them, it would be chaos. I know they sure make my life a lot easier, and I am thankful they are they with some great support.
To make the final is a worthy achievement, to win it would be the icing on the cake. Cornwall Council faces strong competition from other authorities. These include: Brighton & Hove City Council, Enfield Council, Kirkless Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council. Not to take away the achievement from the other short-listed finalist, but Cornwall Council will I hope win. Here is the link to the award criteria.
Cornwall Council is also a finalist in another category: Delivering Better Outcomes – Link. The announcement who has won any of the awards will be made on the 21st June 2012.
After doing so well in Total Politics Blog Awards 2011 in the non-aligned category (number 18) I might have got a mention in the Councillor category. Today those results were released and to my shock and amazements I made it into the top ten Councillor blogs in the UK. In fact I came number 6! Last year I was listed 28
It was also a good day for other Cornish Councillor bloggers with six other names in the top 35. The Cornwall Councillors are Alex Folkes -7, Dick Cole – 13, Jeremy Rowe -14 and Jude Roberson -27. One other Councillor from Illogan Parish Council, Stephen Richardson was listed 16.
This is an excellent result for everyone concerned. Again, I would like to thank all who voted and please continue to read and take part in the debates.
And to top it all off I am listed in the Top 100 Political Blogs in the UK at number 88.
The Total Politics Blog Awards 2011 results are being released. There are many categories including the best LD/Con/Labour blog and blogger. Also categories for best media, left/right wing, non-aligned, MP and Councillor blogs.
So far, the Cornish bloggers have done rather well in the awards with Jeremy Rowe and Alex Folkes doing well in the LD category. MK and those left-leaning bloggers have done well too, with Rob’s Cornish Blog, Illogan Blogger and Dick Cole in the lists. The BBC’s Graham Smith also does well in the Media category (46th). Jude Robinson is 55 in the Labour category. No Cornish Tory blogger has been mentioned so far.
As for me, I have done well by coming 18th in the top 100 in the non-aligned category. Considering the 17 above me are professional journalists/bloggers like the BBC’s Nick Roberson (10th) and Huffington Post (15th) I have done amazingly. I might get a mention in another category because not all the results are out.
A huge thanks to those who read my blog, though not always agreeing with me, and taking the time to vote for me. And to Total Politics for running the competition.
Lady Mary’s service to Cornwall as Lord Lieutenant has been truly remarkable. I have met Lady Mary several times and on each occasion I have been impressed with her zeal and her true love of Cornwall. For 17 years Lady Mary with massive support from her husband Jeffrey has worked tirelessly for Cornwall. Often raising issues that need to be addressed without getting involved in politics. This is a rare skill, which has earned her huge respect.
At yesterday’s Cornwall Council meeting a presentation was made by the Chairman of Cornwall Council on behalf of Cornwall to say thank you for the hard work and enjoy your retirement. All the political leaders of the council spoke in high praise of Lady Mary’s work and on several occasions she received an standing ovation.
Well done to Cornwall Council for actually winning an award. The Chartered Institute of Public Relations has announced the winners of its annual awards. Cornwall Council is the winner, for Crisis Communications.
It may seem a little ironic especially in light of recent revelations, but this award is well deserved. The Communication Team at Cornwall Council should be congratulated as without their hard work at all hours the Council would find itself up the creak without a paddle.
Link HERE to the article, category 15.