Ernest Davies Award

The Ernest Davies Award for Advancing Parking Knowledge was set up in 1994 with the aim of "encouraging younger members to communicate both verbally and in writing on matters relating to any aspect of parking in its broadest sense". Since then the rules have been adapted and we now welcome any written submission from a 12 month period. Further details on this year's prize are below.

Ernest Davies was a founder member of the BPA and served as Treasurer and Secretary in its first few years, and was President for 3 years up to 1979.  He was a journalist by profession, and was publisher and editor of Traffic Engineering and Control.  He also had a significant career as a politician, having entered parliament in 1945 and eventually becoming a junior minister.  He died in 1991. A biography of Ernest Davies can be found below. 

Entries are now being considered for the 2015 Award. Please email your pieces to Dave Smith by September 30th 2015.

Ernest Davies Award 2014 - Helen Dolphin, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Disabled Motoring UK.

Disabled motoring campaigner, Helen Dolphin, has been named as the winner of the 2014 Ernest Davies Award for Advancing Parking Knowledge. Her article, 'Fraud for thought', can be read in its entireity in the December issue of Parking News. Helen attended the Members' Dinner in November to accept her trophy, certificate and bottle of champagne.

Speaking of her award, she said: “I was absolutely delighted to win this year’s Ernest Davies Award. Blue Badge fraud is a topic very close to my heart and I was shocked to discover just how rife this crime is when I spent the day with Portsmouth Council’s fraud team. Portsmouth does an amazing job trying to stop people abusing the scheme and I hope my article will make other authorities question if they could do more.”

Congratulations also to our two runners up this year; Rod Williamson and Paul Riley.

To read more on previous winners of the Ernest Davies Award, click here


Ernest Davies 

1902 - 1991

Journalist and Politician

Ernest Davies

Ernest Davies was one of the subscribers listed on 20 April 1970 when the British Parking Association Memorandum and Articles of Association. He and the late Kenneth Bloom were major figures in the founding and subsequent operation of the British Parking Association.

Ernest went on to become Secretary as well as Seminar Organiser and General Factotum, running the Association from his Newman Street office. The Parking Newsletter, edited by Keith Lumley at that time, was published from that address.

Ernest became President of the Association in 1977 - an office he held until 1980 when he was elected to Honorary Membership of the British Parking Association. His awareness of political and planning trends, together with his many contacts in those fields, proved of immense value to the Association.

He was the Founder Publisher of Traffic Engineering and Control and the journal's Editor from its first issue in May 1960 until January 1976. It was he who recognised the opportunity for a dedicated publication providing a specialist focus for what was, in the UK more than 30 years ago, the relative infant discipline of Traffic Engineering. It was by the vigour of his early stewardship that the journal - bravely ventured as an independent initiative - prospered to earn its international reputation.

Ernest's early career was in journalism and publishing. As a young man in the early 1920's he travelled to the United States and found work on the New York Globe and on local papers in Massachusetts. Twenty years later, during the Second World War, he travelled more widely in the UK, working for the BBC and eventually becoming its North American Service Organiser. In 1929 he helped resuscitate a Socialist monthly, The Clarion, co-edited it for three years and wrote a regular column.

Ernest's political career was unsuccessful at the 1935 General Election, but his political writing continued. The State of the Railway (1940) was one of several pamphlets written for the Labour Party and the Fabian Society on the nationalisation of transport and future structure and policy, advocating in particular the need for an overall transport policy. In 1945 he entered Parliament, representing the Enfield Division of Middlesex, and almost immediately was invited to be Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party's Transport Group. It was a position he was to hold from 1945 to 1950 and again from 1951 to 1959.

Ernest recognised the most exciting and fascinating period of his political career as being his service from 1950 to ­1951, as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office, Deputy first to Ernest Bevan and afterwards to Herbert Morrison. He was a member of the UK delegation to the United Nations General Assemblies from 1947 to 1949, and to the Geneva Conference of the Freedom of Information and the Press in 1948.

He was promoted to Junior Minister Rank with Battle’s return to power after the 1950 General election. He represented the Government at the Four Power Agenda Talks in Paris in 1951, where his opposite number from the Soviet Union was an intransigent Mr. Grimy. Happier were his meetings with Marshal Tito - Ernest's friendship with Yugoslavia was cemented by his being Chairman of the British Yugoslav Society from 1957 1980, and its Vice President 1980 - 1991.

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