30 To Watch

Entries open for the MHP Mischief 30 To Watch: Politics Awards 2022

Use the form on this page to submit your entry for the 30 To Watch Politics Awards.

Entries are now open for the MHP 30 To Watch Politics Awards.

You can enter by using the entry form below.

The closing date is 23:59 on Thursday 8th September 2022.

The Awards recognise the best young talent in British politics – the people producing fresh policy thinking, shedding new light on issues and broadening public engagement with politics.

At a time of growing political polarisation, generational change and a lengthening list of intractable social, economic and diplomatic challenges – 30 To Watch Politics celebrates the young people who are driving change.

You can enter by using the entry form below.

The closing date is 23:59 on Thursday 8th September 2022. Entry is free, but you must be 30 years old or under on the closing date.

The awards build on the success of the 30 To Watch Journalism Awards – which have celebrated the most talented and influential rising media stars, for more than a decade.

Award Categories

The MHP 30 To Watch Politics Awards have eight categories – recognising communicators and campaigners; legislators and policy-makers; unifiers and change-makers.

You can enter up to two categories, and it’s up to you to choose which one is most appropriate for your work:

1. Elected Representative of the Year
Recognising the elected politician who has served their constituents (at a national, devolved assembly, local or metro level) most effectively.

2. Political Communicator of the Year
Recognising the public speakers, speech-writers, social media commentators and opinion writers, and political marketeers who have done most to set the political agenda.

3. Legislator of the Year
Recognising the people who have successfully designed, initiated or amended legislation to advance the passage of new law at a Westminster, National or Local level.

4. Political Thinker of the Year
Recognising the writers, researchers and academics who have done most to advance new political ideas and design new policies.

5. Campaigner of the Year
Recognising the people who have successfully built or elevated single-issue campaigns or campaign groups through creative communication of complex ideas.

6. Inclusivity Champion of the Year
Recognising those who have done most to attract new voices and perspectives into British politics, or to support and elevate underrepresented communities.

7. Unifier of the Year
Recognising those who have worked hardest to build common understanding between groups, manage the consequences of polarisation and heal divided communities.

8. Public Health Champion of the Year
Recognising the people who have worked most effectively to champion a health related cause by raising public awareness, developing policy recommendations or promoting legislative change.

In addition, during the Awards ceremony, we will present a Special Award category, with winners chosen separately by members of The Parliamentary Lobby recognising the best young political journalist of the year.

Entry Form

Use this form to submit your entry for the 30 To Watch Politics Awards.



The Judges

MHP Mischief’s 30 To Watch Politics Awards are judged leading figures from across the world of British politics:

  • Sir Peter Bottomley MP, Father of the House
  • Nusrat Ghani MP, Former Minister and 1922 Committee Vice Chair
  • Rt Hon Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade
  • Jo Swinson, Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats
  • Sonia Sodha, Observer columnist & chief leader writer
  • Roger Perowne, CEO, Savanta Comres
  • James Kirkup, Director, the Social Market Foundation
  • Robert Ede, Head of Health and Social Care, Policy Exchange
  • Dr Lee De-Wit, Head of The Political Psychology Lab, Cambridge University
  • Alison Goldsworthy, President of Accord and Depolarisation Project Founder

Entrant FAQs

  1. How do I apply?
    Applications are by a simple form available on the website here. There is a maximum word limit, but you may include supporting documents
  2. What supporting documents can I include?
    You can include 3 samples of media coverage or campaign collateral, and/or a supporting statement by a third party of your choice.
  3. How many categories can I enter?
    You can enter up to two categories, if appropriate – it’s up to you to choose which section best reflects your work
  4. Is there an entry fee?
    No. 30 To Watch is FREE to enter.
  5. How will I know if I have won?
    Judging will begin after the closing date. The 30 winners will be notified and the gold winners will be announced on the night of the awards ceremony.
  6. Is 30 To Watch Politics only open to British citizens?
    No, the Awards are open to anyone working in British politics, or British citizens working internationally for political institutions.
  7. How old do I have to be to enter 30 To Watch Politics?
    Entrants should be no older than 30 on the submission deadline date and at least 18 years old.

Get in touch 

If you have any questions about MHP Mischief’s 30 To Watch Politics Awards please email 30towatch@mhpc.com.