Paul Scriven, the Leader of Sheffield City Council, has won a Europe-wide award for the work he and his Liberal Democrat colleagues have done to put power into the hands of Sheffield people.
The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe held their Leader Awards last night, “recognising the work of outstanding local and regional liberal and democrat politicians.”
Cllr Scriven received the Achievement in Local Government Award. Others up for award included local politicians from France, Croatia and Holland.
Since Paul became the Liberal Democrat Leader of the Council in 2008 Sheffield has seen a raft of new ideas to devolve power:
Paul Scriven said,
I’m delighted to win the award and be able to promote Sheffield across Europe off the back of it. Giving local people control over their own community is something I came into politics to do. Therefore it’s good to know others think we are making progress on just that here in Sheffield.
Although it’s nice to be recognised for the work we are doing, I know that the real judges are the local people of Sheffield themselves. However, I hope this shows that we are delivering on the things we said we would on the Council.