Congratulations to Rob Marris, the Wolverhampton MP who has been voted backbencher of the year by his colleagues.
Mr Marris (Lab Wolverhampton South West) was a winner in The House Magazine's annual awards, which are voted on by Members of the Commons and Lords.
The magazine is edited by Birmingham MP Gisela Stuart (Lab Edgbaston), who tells me that Mr Marris has impressed colleagues by his independent approach. Crucially, in his case this hasn't meant becoming a serial rebel and opposing the Government at every opportunity.
Rather, he gives the impression of looking into the issues he is involved with, examining the evidence and coming up with his own conclusions - whatever they may be.
Ms Stuart, who has campaigned vigorously on the issue of the Lisbon Treaty, was impressed that he was one of the few MPs (probably one of the few politicians across Europe) who actually read the 270-page monster document.
But he has also adopted a unique approach on other issues. For example, on global warming, he has argued that Brit-ain needs to accept the reality that climate change is going to happen.
The current focus on cutting carbon emissions, worthy as it may be, is the equivalent of burying our heads in the sand, he argues. The focus instead should be on working out how we will cope with the inevitable changes when they come.
The easiest way for MPs to earn brownie points at the moment is to boast about their commitment to the environment and announce that they have "offset" their holiday by paying someone else to plant a tree.
As a humble backbencher, Mr Marris is unlikely to achieve the same level of influence as Jim Murphy, the Europe Minister, who also received an award for the skilful way he steered the Lisbon Treaty through the Commons (evidence, I guess, that Ms Stuart doesn't get to choose all the winners herself).
But backbenchers do an important job. And this brings me to the issue of pay.
MPs are to debate their salaries and expenses on July 3, amid reports that Gordon Brown has blocked proposals to give them an annual pay rise of £650 in each of the next three years. They currently earn £61,820. Mr Brown's decree may well raise acheer in many quarters.
And one would-be MP - Wolverhampton Councillor Milkinder Jaspal, who hopes to replace retiring backbencher Ken Purchase in Wolverhampton North East - has gone as far as announcing that if he is elected, he will give away almost £26,000 a year to local causes and accept a salary of £35,000.
I don't think this is a trend to be encouraged. I want our MPs to be obsessive, fearless, dedicated and on-duty at all hours of the day and night.
Whatever we think of individual MPs, it is a difficult job, if done properly.I suspect that, just as in any other challenging line of work, finding the right people is going to have to mean paying them well.