Emily Price Award

Emily campaigning with Young Liberals colleagues. All of the other activists in the photo would go on to be Young Liberals executive members or Welsh Young Liberals executive members - many maintain that their Liberal Democrat careers are down to Emily. 

"Emily Price was a warm, supportive, funny Young Liberals activist, and a friend to many Young Liberals members.

She took over as chair of the YL branch at Aberystwyth University and oversaw the largest increase in their active membership ever. She pulled in many members who have been invaluable to our organisation including 2 PPCs, 3 federal YL executive members and some councillors. She was elected as a town councillor alongside two other Young Liberals members in 2017.

She did all of this while suffering from several complex respiratory illnesses and, devastatingly, she lost her life midway through the 2017 General Election.

In memory of Emily and the incredible work she did for the Young Liberals and the Liberal Democrats, each year we award the Emily Price Award to a Young Liberals member who has gone above and beyond for our organisation."

2021 - Hermione Peace

Having served twice on the Young Liberals executive, it would have been easy for Hermione to take a step back and enjoy a less busy life outside of the Young Liberals. 

But as well as taking on organising roles with a whole range of local parties, Hermione has stuck around to advise some of our newer exec members, has worked with Young & Winning candidates in the further reaches of the country, and has been an incredible ambassador for the Young Liberals in the wider party. 

Hermione received the vast majority of nominations for this year's award, thanks to being a brilliant campaigner and supporter during a really difficult time for her personally. Hermione has been an active and welcoming member of the Young Liberals for years now, and we hope she'll stick around for much longer. 

2020 - Tom Hughes

While the Emily Price award is usually given for extraordinary service to the Young Liberals, 2020 turned many norms on their heads. In this year the award was presented to Tom Hughes for extraordinary service not to our organisation, but to the country. 

As an army reservist, Tom was mobilised during the coronavirus pandemic to decontaminate ambulances and PPE distribution to healthcare workers. To this day, he remains stationed at a quarantine centre. Tom is also a devoted Liberal Democrat, having stood in numerous elections, and standing in Preseli Pembrokeshire in the 2019 general election. 

The presentation of the award was made all the more meaningful as he was friends with Emily, having attended Aberystwyth University where Emily famously grew the Lib Dem society massively and was well known and loved.

2019 - Catriona McDougall

Cat took up the role of Events Officer in March following a resignation, having already served as the International Officer. With just a few months to put together summer conference, the day that she announced the venue she was unfortunately hit by a car and sustained long-lasting injuries. Despite this, Cat pulled off a brilliant conference which is fondly remembered by many YL members. 

Cat's mother was also given a terminal cancer diagnosis during her term as Events Officer, and during the last weeks of her mother's life Cat travelled constantly between Southampton and London to fulfil her YL duties. 

Just like Emily, Cat went above and beyond for the Young Liberals in the face of extreme adversity.

2018 - Chloe Hutchinson

 

Chloe knew Emily - they served together on the Welsh Young Liberals executive the year that Emily died. 

Chloe had served as Welsh policy officer for two years, had co-ordinated Freshers campaigns to bring in new student members just like Emily was famous for doing, and had helped to organise Young Liberals Summer Conference in Swansea.