Congratulations to Aung San Suu Kyi, who has won Liberal Democrat Voice’s fourth annual Liberal Voice of the Year award – an award which publicly acknowledges the campaigning work of non-Liberal Democrats in promoting liberal values.
She gained a plurality of votes, with 22%; the runner-up was Prime Minister David Cameron (assisted by some right-wing push-tweets), with 20%, followed by fellow Tory Ken Clarke, with 12%.
- 22% (238 votes): Aung San Suu Kyi – for her courageous stand against political abuse in Burma
- 20% (216): David Cameron – for his commitment to forming the Liberal-Conservative Coalition Government
- 12% (128): Ken Clarke – for his humane approach to prisons policy
- 11% (120): Julian Assange – for exposing state secrets to the full glare of publicity
- 9% (96): Naomi Long – for becoming the first liberal to be elected to Westminster from Northern Ireland since 1914
- 7% (82): Liu Xiaobo – for calling for political reforms and the end of communist one-party rule in China
- 7% (74): Bob Ainsworth – for his controversial public call for the legalisation and regulation of all drugs
- 5% (59): Barack Obama – for his reforming agenda, especially on healthcare
- 4% (40): Bradley Manning – for for his single-minded belief in full disclosure by leaking US military secrets
- 2% (21): Australian Democrats – for continuing to campaign for social liberalism
- 1% (11): Binayak Sen – for his human rights activism in India
- 1% (10: Andrew Wilkie – for his independent campaigning on civil and human rights in Australia
Total Votes: 1095. Poll ran: 1st-8th January 2011
Previous winners of the LDV Liberal Voice of the Year award:
2009: Peter Tatchell, international human rights campaigner.
2008: Campaigners on behalf of Jean Charles de Menezes (Justice4Jean.org) and Stockwell Shooting Inquest Jury.
2007: Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty.