Chancellor scoops a Champions gong

Chancellor Gordon Brown was one of seven parliamentarians selected as Charity Champions by hundreds of charity leaders last week.

Devised by political news website ePolitix to foster closer relations between politicians and the voluntary sector, the inaugural Charity Champions awards were given to MPs considered to have best promoted charitable causes within Parliament and to the general public.

The Chancellor, who won the children's category award, was commended by Barnardo's for his personal commitment to end child poverty. He also presented a lifetime achievement award to Lord Ashley of Stoke for his disability campaigning.

Five other category winners made it a three-all split for MPs from the two main parties. Tory MPs Tony Baldry, John Greenway and David Heathcoat-Amory were voted champions for international, animal welfare and older people, respectively.

Other Labour winners were Tom Clarke and Ian Gibson, voted as disability and health champions.

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