“Annie” – Individual Award Winner – 2014

“Annie”, a single mother who suffers mental ill health, spent four years fighting for to get her MP and local councillor, Mike Hancock, held to account, after he abused his position of power to commence a wholly inappropriate relationship with her. She struggled to get justice, first through the police and criminal justice system, then through parliament, the Liberal Democrat party and Portsmouth City council. She met with numerous outrageous hurdles from vested interests until finally achieving justice through a civil claim which included an unprecedented public apology from him. She also challenged the Liberal Democrat party and prompted further examination in the media of the Lib Dems appalling approach to sexual abuse allegations.