John Swinney, the Scottish Finance Secretary, has been voted Scottish Politician of the Year at the 11th annual Herald Scottish Politician of the Year awards.
Seeing off his challengers, Nicola Sturgeon (Health Secretary) and Kenny MacAskill (Justice Secretary), Mr Swinney was praised by judges for his handling of the economic crisis.
Not only did he take top prize but he also received the Donald Dewar Debater of the Year award, sponsored by eaga.
Donald Martin, the Herald's heid bummer (editor in chief) said: "John Swinney has handled a very difficult brief in the teeth of the recession really well and thoroughly deserved to be named Scotland's Politician of the Year."
Congratulations John, very well deserved.
The new award for Political Contribution was won by SNP minister for Parliamentary Business Bruce Crawford, the backroom fixer who has helped a minority Government not just survive but flourish.