I am delighted that readers of Left Foot Forward voted Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, their 'progressive of the year'.
As Left Foot Forward have said in their citation:
Caroline Lucas MP, leader of the Green party. Caroline, in addition to her party’s primary mission on the environment, has taken the lead on tackling the scandal of the rich and super-rich avoiding and evading tax, an issue back in the headlines this week with the exposing of HMRC’s deals with big businesses.
In March, she tabled a new Tax and Financial Transparency Bill in Parliament, saying urgent measures were needed to stop companies that are formally dissolved from trading fraudulently and undermining honest businesses who pay their taxes. More here and here.
I'm also pleased to note that the Bill in question was based on the findings of my work, which Caroline assisted. She though was the MP with the courage to carry it through. We need more MPs like Caroline Lucas.