At the Turkish Business Network's prestigious annual award ceremony this month, Simon Hughes was presented with the award for the 'Most Supportive British Person to the Turkish Community'. This is awarded to a British individual who has shown an exceptional level of support for Turkish people through their work and actions.
The Business Network is a private, not-for-profit membership organisation which aims to promote and increase the bilateral trade potential and investment levels between the UK and other respective nations.
Former Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary, Jack Straw MP, was the first recipient of this award in 2011.
Responding to his award, Simon said:
'I am honoured to have received this award and will continue to support the work and ethos of the Turkish Business Network.
It is vital that we develop ever stronger economic, political and cultural links between the UK and Turkey, and I will continue to work with the Turkish community in my own constituency and across the UK to do just that.
Over all my time in parliament I have worked to further good relations between the UK and Turkey, and to try to end the division of Cyprus so that Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriots may once again live together in Cyprus in unity, peace and justice.
I have also supported throughout my time in parliament Turkey's application to join the European Union.
I consider my award as an encouragement to both causes. And in particular, I will continue to do all I can to support the new initiatives for peace in Cyprus. The UN, the two Cypriot communities, plus Greece, Turkey and the UK must now at last deliver a new agreement for Cyprus which gives the peace and justice which both communities need and many people desperately want.'