South Woodford figurehead awarded for his outstanding contribution to society

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Simon Woolley at the GG2 Leadership Awards Simon Woolley at the GG2 Leadership Awards

A political activist and campaigner has scooped the prestigious Pride of Britain award.

Simon Woolley, Director of Operation Black Vote and South Woodford resident, was recognised for his contribution to society.

The organisation campaigns for racial justice, inclusiveness, and equality throughout the UK.

He is also a former commissioner on the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Established in 1996, Mr Woolley helped develop the commission into a national organisation which works closely with parliament and political organisations to improve voter registration and create mentoring schemes and political leadership programmes.

Speaking on winning the acolade, he said: "It is the greatest honour to be judged by your peers, particularly when your role is one that is often perceived as rather unflattering and unglamorous.

"But it is essential for our communities to have racial and social justice. Beyond the fantastic celebrations tonight, it is also our time to be strong and successful and to change Britain and British politics for the better."

The event took place in central London on November 27.

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