Nick Clegg wins Spectator’s Politician of the Year

The Spectator’s annual Parliamentarian of the Year Awards ceremony took place last night.

Nick Clegg was named as the magazine’s Politician of the Year, while Danny Alexander and George Osborne were awarded Best Double Act.

The Mail has the photos, and Standard diarist Olivia Cole reports David Cameron’s topical joke:

Best was his line on the “spectacular” coupling. “I can’t believe,” he said, “that someone middle class, from the Home Counties, could get together with someone so wealthy whose family own a string of mansions.”

Not Kate … he was talking about his beautiful relationship with Nick Clegg. Touché.

You can read the full list of winners here.

Update: The Spectator has now posted video of the event here.

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  • Anthony Aloysius St 18th Nov '10 - 12:14pm

    What jolly black-tie fun.

  • Foregone Conclusion 18th Nov '10 - 1:09pm

    “Danny Alexander and George Osborne were awarded Best Double Act.”

    Oh lord, this is going to be a long five years, isn’t it?

  • Anthony Aloysius St 18th Nov '10 - 2:22pm

    It has to be a ventriloquist act. I suppose the fact that Alexander was wearing a kilt must have made thing easier.

  • David Allen 18th Nov '10 - 2:47pm

    You couldn’t make it up.

  • Of course the Tories adore Nick Clegg!

  • Colin Green 18th Nov '10 - 3:11pm


    “Of course the Tories adore Nick Clegg!”

    Not some of the ones I’ve spoken too 😮

  • David Allen 18th Nov '10 - 3:43pm

    “Oh lord, this is going to be a long five years, isn’t it?”

    Not if I’ve got anything to do with it!

  • Nick (not Clegg) 18th Nov '10 - 4:51pm

    Intersting, and perhaps revealing, that Clegg’s “award” gets scarcely a mention from the far right who seem to make up most of the commenters on “The Spectators” webpage. They reserve their venom for Caroline Lucas as “Newcomer of the Year” and Ed Balls as “Parliamentarian of the Year”.

    I’m sorry that they did not have an award for Speaker of the Year; only two to choose from, but what a contest!

  • the spectator – paper of the radical right – no wonder!

  • From left of centre radicals to darlings of the right wing press. Probably the biggest change of direction since a guy called Saul was going to Damascus……..

    How proud they must be.

  • Frivolous question: why wasn’t David Cameron wearing a Tuxedo?

  • Are these comedy awards?

  • Guys – Ed Balls and Green leader Dr Lucas also got awards from this ‘paper of the radical right ‘

  • …and David Young got Peer of the Year – go figure

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