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Shadow Housing Minister confirmed for 24housing Awards

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing

Shadow Housing Minister confirmed for 24housing Awards Shadow Housing Minister confirmed for 24housing Awards

Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds is to be guest of honour at the 24housing Awards later this year.

A rising star of the Labour Party, and MP for Wolverhampton, Emma has this week confirmed her availability for the Awards night at Villa Park in Birmingham on November 6 where she will be joined by hundreds of housing professionals keen to find out whether they've won one of the prestigious award categories.

This year's ceremony will be hosted by top comedian Richard Herring, with awards up for grabs in the following categories:

  • Repairs & Maintenance Provider of the Year
  • Tenant Champion
  • Affordable Housing Scheme of the Year
  • Best Green Scheme
  • Community Achievement
  • Best Apprenticeship Scheme
  • Social Media Pioneers
  • Welfare Wise
  • Innovation of the Year
  • Customer Service Provider of the Year
  • Care & Support Provider of the Year
  • Best Training Scheme.

A distinguished panel of judges - including 24housing editor Jon Land, former Tenant Services Authority chief executive Peter Marsh, John Hocking from the Jospeh Rowntree Foundation, Gemma Duggan from the National Housing Federation and Edwina O'Hart from Community Housing Cymru - will be on the lookout for entries that demonstrate value for money, best practice, successful outcomes and originality.

At this stage, entry couldn't be simpler. All we need is NO MORE than 200 words by 29 August. You can enter as many categories as you like, and, remember, all entries are FREE.

24housing editor Jon Land said: "There is already a buzz about this year's awards and we are delighted to have Emma on board for the evening."

Emma has been a long-standing supporter of the housing sector. She grew up in a council house in Caldmore, Walsall.

During a recent return visit to the estate, Emma said: “My childhood memories of our council flat have very much shaped my views about housing and the vital role of council houses and social housing more broadly."

Entries for the 24housing awards are now open. Please visit the awards website at www.24housingawards.co.uk for more details or click here.

Richard Herring

Richard Herring is one of the most well-connected men in comedy. He’s lovely and literate, a good mate of pub landlord Al Murray and a central figure on the British comedy scene.

He has just finished touring the UK with his 10th stand-up show, the critically acclaimed 'We’re All Going To Die!' He has promised to be a bit more cheerful on the night.

Dubbed ‘The Podfather’ by The Guardian, Mr Herring's audio podcast and sketch show As It Occurs To Me won a Chortle Award and was Sony-nominated.

His recent TV appearances include 'Argumental', 'Set List', 'Have I Got News For You' and 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks'.

He has also established himself as a leading playwright at Edinburgh, and his one-man Edinburgh shows include the immortally named 'Someone Likes Yoghurt'.

In the late 1990s, Richard presented an obscurely scheduled early Sunday morning show with his then oppo, Stewart Lee. Watched by dozens of people, 'This Morning With Richard Not Judy' featured Haribo and the actor Kevin Eldon.

With Al Murray, he devised and wrote 37 episodes of the sitcom 'Time Gentlemen Please' for Al's alter ego, The Pub Landlord. He also wrote and starred in the ITV1 comedy drama 'You Can Choose Your Friends'.

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