28 Sep 2023

MHP Group partners with Total Politics to launch the ‘30 To Watch: Politics’ awards 2023

The awards, which return for a second year following 2022 success, celebrate the 30 individuals, aged 30 and under, who are producing fresh policy thinking, shedding light on new issues, and broadening public engagement with politics.

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Today we have announced the return of 30 To Watch: Politics, the only UK awards to recognise the best young talent in British Politics.

Entries are invited across eight ‘…To Watch’ categories: Commentator, Diversity/Inclusivity champion, Health champion, Issue campaigner, Local champion, Think tanker, Parliamentarian, and Political adviser.

For 2023, we have partnered with Total Politics Group – the trusted source of news, debate and expert insight on politics, government and public policy. Total Politics will help promote the awards and take part in the judging process.

The 30 to Watch: Politics awards develops our long-established 30 to Watch: Journalism awards, which have been running for 12 years.

Tim Snowball, Head of Public Affairs at MHP Group commented:

“With a General Election looming, all eyes are turning to the next generation of political talent. MHP are pleased to be launching the 2023 30 To Watch: Politics awards, to identify and celebrate impressive young people making an impact in the political world.

“We are delighted to have attracted the partnership of Total Politics, who will help raise the profile of these awards and maximise participation. We are also grateful to our other partners for supporting individual categories and taking part in the judging process.”

Mark Wallace, Chief Executive of Total Politics Group added

“Politics runs on the commitment, imagination and creativity of the people who make it happen, so it’s important to take the opportunity to recognise and applaud the very best. I’m constantly impressed by the rising talent whom I encounter through Total Politics Group’s media titles and events, right across the spectrum of British politics. I can’t wait to see which examples of innovation and dedication come to light through this year’s ’30 To Watch’ awards.

The 30 To Watch: Politics awards are free to enter, entries close Friday 27th October.

Other judges for the 2023 awards include Nusrat Ghani MP, Seema Malhotra MP, Tim Farron MP, Baroness Foster (Former First Minister of Northern Ireland), Claire Ellicott (Whitehall Editor at the Daily Mail), Lucy Aitkens (Group Director External Affairs at Sky), Dean Sabri (Head of UK Political Intelligence at Dods), and Rebecca Deegan (Founder and CEO of i have a voice).

Alongside Total Politics, the 2023 awards will have a range of category partners including Savanta, Dods Political Intelligence, DeepSeer, and I Have A Voice.

In 2022, winners included Jessica Barnard, Young Labour, George Holt, Young Conservative Network, Emma Roddick, Scottish Parliament, Tony Diver, The Telegraph and Leor Zmigrod, Cambridge University.

Enter the Awards here


Nusrat Ghani MP
Business and Trade Minister

Mark Wallace
Chief Executive, Total Politics

David Lammy MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs

Seema Malhotra MP
Shadow Minister for Skills

Tim Farron MP
Shadow Minister for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Baroness Foster
Former First Minister of Northern Ireland

Dean Sabri

Head of UK Political Intelligence, Dods Political Intelligence

Rebecca Deegan
Founder & CEO, I have a voice

Rosa Prince
Editor, London Playbook, Politico

Lucy Aitkens
Group Director External Affairs, Sky

Claire Ellicott
Whitehall Editor, Daily Mail

Roger Perowne
CEO, Savanta Comres

Atul Hatwal
Editor, Labour Uncut

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