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Local MP Recognised for Work With Under Represented Communities in UK National Award

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Local MP Drew Hendry has been recognised nationally with an MP of the Year Award for his exceptional work with under-represented and disadvantaged communities in the Highlands.

This award, delivered by the Patchwork Foundation, showcases MPs who go above and beyond in their service to support diverse communities across the UK.

The public nominates MPs, and candidates are then researched independently and blind-assessed by a panel of judges.

In their decision note, the panel commended Mr. Hendry’s commitment to actively working with underrepresented and disadvantaged individuals and groups across communities of the Highlands. 

The judges further highlighted his work as the Chair of the APPG on Terminal Illness:

“This MP spearheaded a campaign to end the 6 month rule for people living with a terminal illness to access financial support.

“Upon hearing from the local MacMillan team about people struggling to access support, Mr Hendry set up an all party parliamentary group on the issue and worked tirelessly along side other MPs and campaigners to successful secure a commitment from the Government to end the rule.

“The changes are now fully implemented.”

Additionally, the judges commended Mr Hendry’s impactful work with local organisations to support vulnerable individuals, highlighting his initiatives on energy cost support and his commitment to representing the needs of rural communities.

They noted in their decision:

“Drew has been a steadfast advocate for rural communities, highlighting the unique challenges rural communities face and working with groups and volunteers to help build capacity in communities to strengthen local resilience. 

“In parliament, he has brought forward ten-minute rule bills on issues affecting rural communities.

“As well as raising issues in Parliament, working with cross-party groups and stakeholders.

“He also looks for local solutions by working with the third sector and the local authority.” 

Speaking on this recognition, Hendry remarked:

“It is an honour to receive this award in recognition of my work with underrepresented and disadvantaged communities – the fact that the public nominated me makes it even more humbling. 

Here in the Highlands, we understand the true meaning of looking out for each other.

“This includes welcoming those who choose to make our home theirs, being a strong voice for the underrepresented, and helping the most vulnerable in our society. 

“We take pride in nurturing a community where every voice is not only heard but valued.

“As a Member of Parliament, it’s my privilege to contribute to this collective effort. 

“My goal is always to ensure our communities remain places of warm welcome and unwavering support, no matter the challenge.

“This award is a reminder that together, we can make a difference.”

Founded in 2012, The Patchwork Foundation is a UK-based charity committed to strengthening democracy.

They focus on communities and individuals that are traditionally underrepresented, and seek to engage young people from these communities.

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