"Parliamentary researchers have a range of tasks – they keep their bosses - MPs and peers - informed, on time and fully briefed. These awards celebrate the vital work they do supporting MPs and peers in their duties both in parliament and in constituencies across the country. They are an opportunity for parliamentarians to show their appreciation for their staff. As this parliament comes to a close, this year the awards will also recognise the work of Parliament’s own staff, from the library, the table office, the vote office and many others. They are the support network that is to vital to helping researchers and MPs do their jobs.”
Lisa Nandy MP
"The Researcher of the Year Awards is a rare opportunity to publicly acknowledge the vital, often thankless work our staff does behind the scenes throughout the year. Their skill and dedication in dealing with the varied and large workloads of the campaigns and issues MP’s are involved deserves wider recognition. So if you know any researchers or constituency staff who are brilliant at what they do, we’d love to hear from you."
Graham Brady MP
"As we all know, behind every successful MP is a good researcher. The efforts of researchers can often go unnoticed yet they are a vital part of the Parliamentary process. Good research can make the difference between an average speech and something memorable. It can help in scrutinizing and exposing the shortcomings of public administration. In short; good research is essential. The Dods Researcher of the Year Award provides a welcome acknowledgement of the efforts of researchers and I would encourage all colleagues to cast their vote."
Jenny Willott MP
Elfyn Llwyd MP
"The Researcher of the Year awards offer a chance for us to honour the work done behind the scenes by our researchers and case workers, from speech writing to corresponding with constituents and keeping the office running. The awards provide an opportunity to showcase the work which researchers do, and to congratulate them on outstanding achievements. If a researcher or case worker in your office deserves recognition, I would urge you to nominate them for these awards.”
"We are keen to see researchers who have supported small businesses recognised, so I would encourage MPs and Peers to nominate staff who have helped small firms either in policy terms or on the ground in their constituency. I want to see small businesses nominating those who have helped their businesses too."
Mike Cherry, Federation of Small Businesses