A plain-speaking MP’s website wins an award

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EDINBURGH West Liberal Democrat MP Mike Crockart is celebrating after winning the Plain English Campaign’s website award.

Each year the campaign recognises those who use language in a clear, concise and easy to understand way.

Mr Crockart said: “In politics we are guilty of slipping into jargon or tip-toeing around a subject so that we say a lot whilst actually communicating nothing at all. For the past few months I have been working hard to develop a website which is helpful to constituents and easy for them to use. Of course, the real test will be feedback from constituents.”

He pledged to work with the Plain English Campaign to try to get some of the UK’s big organisations and government agencies using plain language. “English, whether on government forms or bank statements, should be functional, not flowery,” he said,