Students from two Mosaic secondary schools in London met 2016 Mayor of London candidates Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith this week as they were given special access to the House of Commons for a celebratory event that saw Mosaic Ambassador Sadiq Khan named People’s Choice MP of the Year for 2015.
Sponsored by KPMG and in association Mosaic, the MP of the Year Awards is an annual programme run by the Patchwork Foundation, an organisation looking to engage young people from underrepresented communities in the political process.
Hosted by Mr. Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow, the MP of the Year Awards saw several MPs recognised for their work representing and collaborating with underrepresented, deprived and minority communities, including Zac Goldsmith who was named MP of the Year for 2015.
Twenty pupils studying politics from Southfields and Westminster Academy were invited to attend the ceremony, with the students from Southfields also getting the chance to meet their local MP Justine Greening, who was awarded the Conservative MP of the Year for 2015.
Jonathan Freeman, Managing Director of Mosaic and part of the judging panel, said: “Like the Patchwork Foundation, at Mosaic we are committed to supporting young people and helping them break down barriers to achieve their full potential.
“Through our primary and secondary school mentoring programmes, our mentors have supported over 6,500 pupils in more than 250 schools, including Southfields and Westminster Academy, in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK.”
Jonathan added: “The Awards ceremony offered a fantastic opportunity for some of our mentees to meet with senior government and shadow cabinet representatives. We hope they will have been inspired by the day and build on the crucial personal skills such as resilience, confidence and self-efficacy that our Mosaic mentors help to promote with all mentees.”
The MP of the Year Awards sees MPs nominated by individuals or grassroots community organisations. Winners are selected by an independent panel of judges, with the criteria specific to work delivered in five areas:
Deprived communities (including white working class communities)
- Faith communities
- Ethnic communities
- Sexual Orientation communities
- Other communities traditionally excluded by the political process