Beamish is Politician of the Year at RSPB awards

South Scotland MSP Claudia Beamish has been named Politician of the Year at the 2014 RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards.

Now in their third year, the awards celebrate innovation and achievement in Scottish nature conservation across a range of categories.

A lifelong environmental campaigner, Claudia has continued to pursue her interests in Parliament from overarching issues like climate change and marine conservation to community level projects on energy efficiency, waste reduction and active travel.

She currently serves as Scottish Labour’s Shadow Environment spokesperson and sits on the Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Environment and Climate Change Committee.

Claudia Beamish MSP said: “Scotland is home to outstanding natural landscapes and an abundance of wildlife and it’s important to our environment and economy that this is protected for people to enjoy.

“The Nature of Scotland Awards is great for promoting efforts to achieve this goal and to recognise the work being done by individuals and groups across the country.

“In communities across South Scotland I’ve met local groups working on initiatives to improve people’s lives while helping the environment. This kind of local action is an important part of tackling the big environmental challenges that we face to live sustainably.

“Across the parties in the Scottish Parliament there are a number of members who are passionate about creating a more sustainable Scotland and I’m flattered to be recognised for my contribution to that effort.

“I look forward to continuing to work with colleagues, organisations and communities to promote these issues.”