Top award for North Derbyshire MP

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Labour’s MP for North East Derbyshire has been recognised with a top honour.

Natascha Engel scooped the Parliamentarian of the Year title at the annual Political Studies Association’s awards.

The accolade comes after the success of her work as the first chairwoman of the House of Parliament’s Backbench Business Committee.

Judges from the association praised Natascha for creating an important forum for reining in government control over Parliament, championing the rights of backbenchers and providing a real commitment to improving the quality of parliamentary debate.

She said: “The committee has changed the way Parliament works and has made the democratic process much stronger and livelier.”