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Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year, in pictures

23 January 2020

12:57 PM

23 January 2020

12:57 PM

Even by recent standards, 2019 was an eventful year in Westminster. It began with deadlock in Parliament and it was unclear whether we would ever leave the EU, and ended with a Brexit breakthrough, a new prime minister, and even a general election – with mass defections, serial resignations and all the usual machinations along the way. So, it was perhaps with a sense of relief that politicians headed to The Spectator’s Parliamentarian of the Year awards tonight, to toast the politicians who made an impact, and celebrate that the year is finally over.

The guest of honour at tonight’s awards was the indefatigable ex-Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt, who started the proceedings off by gently ribbing the former Chancellor Phillip Hammond, noting that ‘given his reputation for being able to rain on any parade, suck the oxygen out of the room and put a dampener on things, civil contingencies are about to deploy him to Australia’.

While Nigel Farage, when accepting the award for disruptor of the decade, assured the Westminster village that ‘unless this Government drops the ball, and I don’t think it will, you will never, ever see me again’.

Here are a selection of photographs from the event, courtesy of Alan Chapman and Anne Schwarz:

Kay Burley

Robbie Gibb, Kate Andrews and James Forsyth

Andrew Rawnsley, Iain Duncan Smith and Priti Patel

Julia Hartley Brewer, Rocco Forte and Ruth Porter

Lara King, Danielle Wall, Emma Byrne and Linda Nelson

James Cleverly and Nerissa Chesterfield

Freddy Gray and Douglas Murray

Martha and Matt Hancock

Sarah Baxter and Greg Hands

Jo Coburn and Penny Mordaunt

Nicky Morgan and James Forsyth

Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg

Stephen Bush and Katy Balls

Robbie Gibb, Nick Robinson and Priti Patel


Simon Walters and Lara King

Rocco Forte, Ruth Porter, Graham Brady and Julia Hartley Brewer

Owen Paterson, Trevor Kavanagh and Iain Duncan Smith


Kit Malthouse, Victoria Atkins and Harry Cole

Nick Robinson, Diane Abbott and Cindy Yu

Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg

Penny Mordaunt

Ian Levy and Penny Mordaunt

John Bercow

Penny Mordaunt and Nigel Farage

Julian Smith and Penny Mordaunt

Luciana Berger, Penny Mordaunt and Anna Soubry

Penny Mordaunt and Michael Gove

Priti Patel and Penny Mordaunt

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