Congratulations to Peter Tatchell, who has won Liberal Democrat Voice’s third annual Liberal Voice of the Year award – an award which publicly acknowledges the campaigning work of non-Liberal Democrats in promoting liberal values. Peter gained a plurality of votes, with 27%; the runner-up was author and journalist Ben Goldacre, with 20%.
Over 700 votes were cast, and the results were as follows:
- 13% (93 votes) – Guy Herbert, general secretary of NO2ID, for his campaigning work against the database state;
- 27% (193) – Peter Tatchell, for his tireless and fearless international human rights campaigning;
- 14% (104) – Joanna Lumley, for her campaigning for justice on behalf of Gurkha veterans;
- 2% (15) – Rory Stewart, for his straight-talking common sense on Afghanistan;
- 10% (69) – Terry Pratchett, in recognition of the liberal, tolerant philosophy within his works of fiction;
- 7% (51) – Henry Porter, co-founder of The Convention on Modern Liberty, for his campaigning work on liberty and civil rights;
- 20% (145) – Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science, for his satirical criticism of scientific inaccuracy;
- 7% (50) – Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, and Twitter for defeating Trafigura’s super-injunction.
Total Votes: 720 Poll ran: 9th-17th January 2010