Durkan wins ‘wit’ gong

Foyle MP Mark Durkan is presented with his 'Wit of the Year' award by Eleanor Laing MP and GovNet's CEO Jo Walsh.
Foyle MP Mark Durkan is presented with his 'Wit of the Year' award by Eleanor Laing MP and GovNet's CEO Jo Walsh.

Foyle MP Mark Durkan has won the ‘Wit of the Year’ award at the annual Alternative Parliamentary Awards organised by GovNet Communications.

Now in its fifth year, the humorous event has become a fixture in the diaries of hundreds of parliamentarians at Westminster.

The spirit behind the ‘Wit of the Year’ award is as much about a parliamentarian’s jocular nature and style in the tea-rooms and corridors of Westminster as much as in the House of Commons chamber itself.

At the ceremony in London, Mr Durkan was presented with a framed caricature depicting him (jokingly) winking, dressed in a dicky bow tie and pink shirt and reading from a book of ‘Durkanisms’.

Welcoming the award, the former SDLP leader said: “Natural Irish sense is what passes for wit in a British Parliament.”