MPs don’t get much respect these days. So it’s good to see their work with charities recognised in the Charity Champion Awards. It’s also good to see Conservative MPs nominated in so many categories – thereby challenging a few stereotypes.

Among the Conservative nominations this year are Greg Clark (nominated by the Association of Garden Trusts for his high profile campaign against ‘garden grabbing’), Ed Vaizey (nominated by YoungMinds as “Children and Youth Champion” – also see his ‘homeless project diary’), Jeremy Hunt (nominated by the Multiple Sclerosis Society) and Bill Wiggin (nominated by the RSPCA for his work on animal welfare).

Other Conservative nominees include David Cameron, Ann Widdecombe, Sir Patrick Cormack, Roger Gale, Angela Browning, Grant Shapps, Richard Benyon and John Bercow.

Friends of the Earth have jointly nominated Oliver Letwin and Norman Baker for their bi-partisan work on climate change.

Good to see that voting in these awards is comparatively open and democratic. Anyone with a Parliamentary e-mail address can vote here.