This post details the criteria, judging panel and timeline for the inaugural Charles Kennedy Award for Social Justice.  

The Social Liberal Forum launched the Charles Kennedy award for Social Justice at the SLF Conference held a few weeks after his untimely death in 2015. Nominations were officially opened at the subsequent Liberal Democrat Federal conference in Bournemouth in September 2015. 

Nominations will remain open until Sunday 13th March 2016 - please contact us for a nomination form.


The award will go to an individual or group which has:

  • campaigned tirelessly to deliver social justice or to raise awareness of particular groups affected by it

  • devised innovative and creative approaches to tackle particular issues, overcoming barriers to support

  • built cross party or cross sector relationships in order to further social justice

  • challenged or investigated social injustices in a way that has made a difference

  • engaged in policy advocacy to protect and promote social justice for the most vulnerable


Sunday 13th March     Nominations close

Saturday 16th July     Winner announced at SLF Conference

Judging Panel

  • ChairRos Kayes, SLF Council member and PPC for West Dorset in 2015

  • Lord Navnit Dholakia, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader in the House of Lords

  • Professor Anna Grear, the Founder and Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment

  • Jonathan Rugman, the award-winning Foreign Affairs Correspondent for Channel 4 News



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