Brian, with his 5-year demonstration against sanctions and war in Iraq, and simple message of 'stop killing kids' received 54% of votes in the Channel 4 award. Richard Dannatt was second, with Tony Blair and David Cameron on less than 10%. The ceremony was broadcast on 10 February.

The Parliament Square peace protestor, Brian Haw, has won the UK's
Channel 4's 2007 award for the Most Inspiring Political Figure.

Mr Haw attended the ceremony on 7 February hosted by Channel 4, in
association with the Hansard Society. He gave a rousing acceptance
speech before an invited audience of Members of Parliament, Peers and
journalists.

The award ceremony will be broadcast on Channel 4 at 7pm on Saturday 10
February and repeated on 13 February.

Mr Haw received a massive 54 per cent of all votes cast by the public
for Most Inspiring Political Figure 2007. General Sir Richard Dannatt,
the head of the British Army, who recently said that troops should be
withdrawn from Iraq, came second with 18 per cent.

The actual political leaders amongst the nominees, Tony Blair and David
Cameron, were backed by only eight and six per cent of the vote
respectively. Other nominees were Aishah Azmi and the Archbishop of
York.

Mr Haw said, "I would like to say a warm thank you to everyone who voted for me. This is a vote against this government's killing, maiming, torture, stealing. It's a vote for the children of Iraq and Afghanistan,
for all our children - our future. For truth, justice, peace and
democracy for all."

INFORMATION AND CONTACTS
The ceremony will be broadcast on Channel 4 at 7pm on 10 February
(repeated on 13 Feb).
For more information about Brian Haw see http://www.parliament-square.org.uk
For more information on the Channel 4 awards see:
http://www.channel4.com/news/microsites/P/politicalawards/index.html

NOTES
Brian Haw has been protesting opposite Parliament since 2nd June 2001.
Initially he was campaigning against the economic sanctions on Iraq and
the bombing of the country by the US and UK. After 11 September 2001, he
widened his focus, directing his messages of peace against the 'war on
terror' and the terror that the US and UK have inflicted on Afghanistan
and Iraq. Brian has been the subject of many attempts by various
authorities to remove him and his display, including the introduction of
a new law in 2005 banning unauthorised demonstrations near Parliament.
Despite this, and the removal of most of his display by the police in
May 2006, he continues his vigil for peace and justice. In January 2007
his dismantled display was meticulously reconstructed for an exhibition
by the artist Mark Wallinger at Tate Britain.

Parliament Square Peace Campaign
for supporters of Brian Haw and the right to protest
http://www.parliament-square.org.uk

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