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By Tim Montgomerie
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ConservativeHome readers have already chosen Michael Gove as their Conservative of the Year and John Redwood as their Backbencher of the Year.

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The third award goes to the political event of the year and the winner is, not surprisingly, 'the veto'. Not far behind, however, is 'the rebellion of the eighty-one' – the event, that arguably, made the veto happen. Here's the top ten events as voted on by nearly 2,000 readers:

  1. David Cameron's veto of the EU Treaty: 29%
  2. The rebellion of 81 Tory MPs on the issue of an EU referendum: 16%
  3. The defeat of the AV referendum and good council results: 9%
  4. George Osborne's Autumn Statement: 8%
  5. The summer's riots: 7%
  6. The Libyan campaign: 4%
  7. The closure of the News of the World, Andy Coulson's resignation and hackgate: 3%
  8. The Arab Spring: 1%
  9. The SNP's victory in Scotland: 1%
  10. The replacement of elected leaders in Greece and Italy: 1%

Other events like the NHS u-turn and Liam Fox's resignation just fell outside of the top ten.

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