Up and Coming Politician of the Year…

With the Assembly moving into its third year of operation, perhaps now is a strange point to ask for nominations for the most up and coming politician. But as all politicians know the future health of any political party depends on their ability to connect with a new generation who have new sets of needs and preoccupations. That means bringing on new voices and or older voices finding new ways to connect.So who were the fresh voices of the last year? Who will be shaping the future of politics in Northern Ireland? And let’s not restrict it to local government either. Are there wanabee MLAs who have created an impression? New MLAs who are still making a splash?

With your nominations, please try to include:

1. A brief account of the qualities your candidate has brought to the job.
2. The reasons s/he have achieved in the last 12 months.
3. What you believe are the critical qualities required by a rising politicians.

Please make your nominations here. Be as expansive as you wish, so we can make the best pitch possible to both the reader and judges panels who may not be as familiar as you with your favoured candidate. This thread will remain open until exactly 6pm Friday 13th November. Remember, just nominations of who YOU think deserves this Award. It’s the single most valuable insight we bring before the judging panels.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty