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In pictures: Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year 2015

In pictures: Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year 2015
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After a year of surprises across the board from the Tory majority to Labour's new leader, Westminster's rebels and insurgents descended on the Savoy Hotel to celebrate The Spectator's Parliamentarian of the Year awards.

With the awards presented by Alex Salmond — last year's winner of Politician of the Year, the former First Minister of Scotland made sure to put Scottish independence firmly on the menu, namechecking his country's struggle several times in his speech.

With Jeremy Corbyn unable to be there in person to collect his gong for Campaigner of the Year, it fell on his fellow comrade Diane Abbott to do the honours. The Labour frontbencher found time in her tribute to warn audience members not to underestimate the size of Jeremy Corbyn's mandate.

Here are a selection of photos from the event, courtesy of Alan Davidson/the Picture Library Ltd:

[caption id="attachment_9295092" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Jonny Mercer Johnny Mercer[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9295072" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Alex Salmond and Fraser Nelson Alex Salmond and Fraser Nelson[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9295022" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Baroness Molly Meacher and Baroness Patricia Hollis Baroness Molly Meacher and Baroness Patricia Hollis[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9294992" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Alex Salmond presents Natascha Engel with 'Backbencher of the Year' Alex Salmond presents Natascha Engel with 'Backbencher of the Year'[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9294972" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Amber Rudd winner of 'Minister of the Year' award Amber Rudd winner of 'Minister of the Year' award[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9294932" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Michael Gove with the Guy Fawkes award Michael Gove with the Guy Fawkes award[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9294902" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Alex Salmond with Diane Abbott who accepted the 'Campaigner of the Year' award on behalf of Jeremy Corbyn Alex Salmond with Diane Abbott who accepted the 'Campaigner of the Year' award on behalf of Jeremy Corbyn[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9294882" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Baroness Molly Meacher and Baroness Patricia Hollis take home the  Peers of the Year Award Baroness Molly Meacher and Baroness Patricia Hollis take home the

Peers of the Year Award[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9294852" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Harriet Harman Harriet Harman[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9294722" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Melissa McAdams and Iain Duncan Smith Melissa McAdden and Iain Duncan Smith[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9294702" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Andrew Neil Andrew Neil[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9294682" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Emily Maitlis and Harriet Harman Emily Maitlis and Harriet Harman[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9294652" align="aligncenter" width="520"]David Davies and Andy Coulson David Davies and Andy Coulson[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9294582" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Liz Kendall Liz Kendall[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9294562" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9294542" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Emily Maitlis Emily Maitlis[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9294522" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Matt Hancock and Nick Robinson Matt Hancock and Nick Robinson[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9294502" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Laura Kuenssberg Laura Kuenssberg[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_9294482" align="aligncenter" width="520"]Fraser Nelson, Lord Lawson and Alexander Chancellor Three Spectator editors come together at Parliamentarian of the Year[/caption]