"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Wednesday 11 September 2013

Sheila McKechnie Foundation

Yesterday the annual Sheila McKechnie Foundation awards ceremony was held at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, central London. The Sheila McKechnie Foundation was set up to support campaigners and the right to campaign. The Foundation was set up in honour of Sheila McKechnie, a Scottish trade unionist, housing campaigner and consumer activist; indeed organisations such as Shelter and Which? were prominent at the ceremony.

The ceremony was hosted by Alan Rusbridger of the Guardian, and awards were presented by a number of prominent campaigners, such as Jonathon Porritt and Peter Tatchell.

So it was a nice surprise to receive a Special Recognition in the 'Campaigner of the Year' award, for the work over the past year with BritCits and the Divided Families Campaign.

Obviously many people have worked their hair off on this campaign, so they all deserve recognition too. I see it as recognition for the whole campaign, which has come a long way in a short period of time. I have less hair than most, as you can see. :)

You can see the full list of recognition awards here :

It was a memorable event and wonderful to meet so many inspiring campaigners, and I'm very grateful to SMK.


  1. Well done Steven. You deserve the recognition.

  2. Congratulations Steven, you truly deserve it.

  3. Oh, congratulations to you Steven, and to BritCits/Divided Families Campaign! Well done!