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Clive Stafford Smith Wins Contrarian Prize 2014

Contrarian Prize 2014 shortlist announced

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Clive Stafford Smith - winner of the 2014 Contrarian Prize

The Contrarian Prize seeks to recognise individuals in British public life who demonstrate independence, courage and sacrifice.

Now in its third year, it aims to shine a light on those who have made a meaningful contribution to the public debate through the ideas that they have introduced or the stand they have taken. 

The conformists are rewarded with senior positions in government, business, quangos and the media. But there is nothing to acknowledge those that stand up for what they believe in and suffer as a result.  We recognise our military greats but what about those heroes of conscience whose impact may, in time, be profound?

The human rights lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith, won it in 2014 and Michael Woodford, the former CEO of Olympus turned whistleblower, won it in 2013.  So who will be in the mix for the 2015 prize?

We invite you to nominate an individual you believe is worthy of this accolade.


2013 Prize

The Contrarian Prize (above) entitled “The Three Politicians”
was donated by the renowned pop art sculptor
Mauro Perucchetti.

Read about the 2014 winner of the Contrarian Prize