Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East, was awarded Labour MP of the year 2014.
He was given the honour by the Patchwork Foundation for all his work with minority and underrepresented communities in the area: '“For all groups to be better represented in Parliament, and the wider political process, is a positive and necessary aim in our multicultural society” Vaz commented. “I am very proud to be viewed as positively contributing to this process.”
Being chosen out of the 257 Labour representatives in parliament, the MP was commended by party leader Ed Miliband: “offer my warmest congratulate to Keith Vaz on his awards this evening. Keith broke the glass ceiling when he entered into Parliament as one of the four first BAME MPs in 1987. Every time I visit him in Leicester East I see just how hard he works, and just how big a difference he makes to his city.”