KATE Green, MP for Stretford & Urmston, is inviting community groups and charities in Trafford to contact her to nominate themselves for the Paul Goggins Memorial prize.

The national prize will be awarded to the best civil society initiative that can demonstrate that it has reduced poverty in the community.

The prize, worth £3,000, will be given jointly by the all party Parliamentary a Group on Poverty and the Webb Memorial Trust.

The judges will be looking for innovative and engaging ideas that have worked effectively in and with local communities.

Submissions can take any form, and creative ways of expression are encouraged. Photographs, videos and other visual supporting evidence will be welcomed.

To enter, the organisation or project will need Ms Green to nominate them before October 5. MPs of shortlisted projects will be invited to present the proposals in the House of Commons on November 19, at an awards ceremony to be hosted by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow.

She said "Paul was a passionate campaigner for social justice, and a dear friend and parliamentary neighbour to me.

“I am delighted parliament will honour his memory with a prize that will recognise the important work that goes on in our communities to help alleviate poverty and suffering.

“Paul often spoke of the inspiring community projects that could make such a difference, and I know of many excellent initiatives and groups who I hope will enter for the prize."

The prize has been set up in memory of Mr Goggins, the former MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East who died in January.

Anyone who would like to nominate their group for the prize should email kate.green.mp@parliament.uk.