Welsh MP scoops BCS best website award

Adam Price, MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, has won the battle for best designed MP’s website in the British Computer Society’s MP website awards.

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Adam Price, MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, has won the battle for best designed MP’s website in the British Computer Society's MP website awards.

He beat Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone and Newbury MP Richard Benyon to the prize.

Boris Johnson has lost out in the battle for best designed MP’s website. The mayoral candidate was beaten by Paul Flynn, MP for Newport West, but was nevertheless commended for “passion, commitment and excitement” in his website alongside Nadine Dorries, MP for West Bedfordshire, and George Galloway, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow and famed Big Brother contestant.

Health secretary Alan Johnson won the accessibility award and Derek Wyatt, MP for Sittingbourne & Sheppey, won the engagement award.

The awards were launched by the BCS to highlight the integral role that IT now plays in parliamentary communications. Criteria included sites that effectively engage with their constituents and present the world of politics, particularly to young people, in an exciting and dynamic manner.

BCS chief executive David Clarke said: “IT now offers the world of politics the ability to present itself in a more exciting and communicative form.” But one of the judges highlighted concerns that a number of websites that failed the accessibility test for people with disabilities.

The judges were BCS President Professor Nigel Shadbolt and key political journalists including Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail, Patrick Wintour of The Guardian, Michael Kallenbach of UK Press Gazette and Matthew Darroch Thompson of The Oldie.

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