SCOTTISH Conservative leader Ruth Davidson scooped the top honour at the Scottish Politician of the Year Awards on Thursday 16 November.
It is the second year in a row the party leader has been named Scottish Politician of the Year.
Also receiving awards on the night were former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale for her passionate speech decrying the controversial rape clause, SNP MP Alison Thewliss for her campaign against the same clause and Labour MSP Monica Lennon for her work tackling period poverty.
Amanda Kopel, widow of the former Dundee United footballer Frank Kopel, was recognised for the success of her ‘Frank’s Law’ campaign, which aimed to extend provision of free personal care to those aged under 65 with degenerative conditions.
— Alison Harris MSP (@AlisonHarrisMSP) November 16, 2017
— Gail Ross MSP (@GailRossSNP) November 16, 2017
SNP MP Alison Thewliss won the award for the Best Scot at Westminster for her campaign against the rape clause.
As part of reforms to the benefits system which came in in April, families can only claim tax credits for their first two children, although women are exempt from this if they can show that a child was conceived by rape.
— Kezia Dugdale MSP (@kezdugdale) November 16, 2017
As MSPs in Holyrood sat in silence, Ms Dugdale read out an email she had received from a woman who had had a baby as a result of rape, in which she said there was “no way I could complete that awful form of shame, no matter what the consequences”.
Amanda Kopel, the widow of the former Dundee United footballer Frank Kopel, was named Public Campaigner of the Year for her tireless work to implement ‘Frank’s Law’.
Absolutely delighted to see Amanda Kopel win the public campaigner of the year award for her tireless work on Frank's Law. An inspiration. #politicianawards17
— Ruth Davidson (@RuthDavidsonMSP) November 16, 2017
Mrs Kopel said she felt like she had “scored a winning goal after 52 months of campaigning” when the SNP leader made that announcement.
But now she said the changes may not come in until 2019 as she said her campaign was “going into extra time”.
As she accepted the honour she urged politicians to act sooner, saying: “I’m not ashamed to stand here tonight and to ask and to plead and to beg, and the ask the powers that be, please help these people.”
Labour MSP Monica Lennon, who was elected to Holyrood in 2016, picked up the award for One to Watch.
Thanks Ged! https://t.co/oayFaGZ1j1
— Monica Lennon (@MonicaLennon7) November 16, 2017