Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, was named as Politician of the Year in the RenewableUK Awards yesterday.
The Politician of the Year Award recognises a UK politician that has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of renewable energy over the last twelve months.
Dr Whitehead was given the award in particular for his work on holding the Government to account over their Electricity Market Reform proposals and over the Renewables Obligation Banding Review.
Alan also runs a regular blog on energy policy at alansenergyblog.wordpress.com and has sat on the committee for every major piece of environmental legislation in recent years. He is currently working as a member of the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee on scrutinising the Government’s Draft Energy Bill, which will have long-reaching implications for the UK’s energy market and our ability to meet our legally binding targets on climate change and fuel poverty.
Jennifer Webber, Head of External Affairs for Renewable UK, said: “Alan’s mastery of electricity market reform, continued hard work in promoting the cause of renewables at every opportunity and leadership of the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group made him a worthy winner as politician of the year”.
Alan Whitehead said: “I’m honoured to be awarded Politician of the Year for an issue that is absolutely central to Britain’s future. We face a real choice between supporting a greener economy, or potentially being permanently locked in to dependence on high-cost, high-carbon energy supply. I’ll continue to do everything in my power to hold the Government to its promise to be the ‘greenest government ever’ and to put sustainability at the heart of UK energy policy.”Other news from Southampton Labour