The New Statesman, Britain’s leading political magazine, in association with Atos Origin, the leading IT services company, announces the short listing of Lynne Featherstone MP in their New Media Awards in the category of elected representative.

The key themes of this year’s awards are “ingenuity, modernisation and accessibility”. They intend to award those who have achieved something of benefit to others, whether in their community or in society at large. Since 1998, these awards have promoted projects that embrace new technology, fresh thinking and creative management in the UK.

“Society has always been promised a great deal by the digital revolution,” says John Kampfner, editor of the New Statesman . “The 2006 New Media Awards will highlight the projects that have really delivered on that promise.”

Lynne Featherstone MP said:

“I am absolutely delighted that for the second year I have been nominated for a New Statesman Award for my blog.

“The internet has always been a natural home for me, as it is for many of my constituents. It is a great way of keeping regularly in touch with residents about my work locally and in Parliament – and of receiving feedback from the public. For example, it’s a real benefit when debating issues in Parliament or pursuing issues with ministers to have that near-instant feedback from residents as to what their real experience is of public services.”

Full details of the awards can be found at: