FORMER television presenter Esther McVey is among the nominations for Cheshire Woman of the Year.
The prestigious event, now in its 19th year, has honoured more than 1,800 women for their personal courage, community service or professional achievement.
Almost 100 women from Wirral and Cheshire have been put forward for the award after being nominated by members of the community.
McVey, 36, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Wirral West, was a presenter on GMTV and hosted the BBC show Heaven and Earth before throwing her hat into the political arena.
She said: "I'm delighted and hugely honoured.
"It's a big event and it also raises a lot of money for a good cause, which is great.
"I couldn't believe it when I received the letter informing me I'd been nominated, it was a real thrill."
Also nominated is Rev Joanna Jepson, a curate at St Michael's Church, Chester.
She won permission in January to challenge police refusal to prosecute doctors who performed a late abortion on a woman because she did not want a baby with a cleft palate.
Wirral and Cheshire nominees: Beverley Anderson, Wallasey, Norma Beaumont, Pensby, Major Helen Birch, Prenton, Babs Blane, New Brighton, Dr Christine Brace, Birkenhead, Jill Breckon, Higher Bebington, Barbara Burkey, Bromborough, Janet Helen Cambridge, Heswall, Ena Courtney, Wallasey, Debbie Devereaux Roberts, Heswall, Joyce Edgar, Irby, Edna Edge, Pensby, Julie Edwards, Heswall, Margaret Harvey, Hoylake, Beryl Holt, Moreton, Debbie Irving, Burton, Marla Johnson, Thornton Hough, Brenda Jones, Irby, Christina Jones, Prenton, Brenda Ledsham, Thurstaston, Rosie Lloyd, Wirral, Marilyn Lloyd, Pensby, Raj Lodh, Wallasey, Sarah May, Ellesmere Port, Shiela McNamara, Neston, Esther McVey, Hoylake, Tracy Moore, Little Neston, Beryl Nelson, Bebington, Jo Purdell-Lewis, Heswall, Frankie Pyke, Heswall, Elizabeth Robinson, West Kirby, Helen Rodway, Moreton, Lorraine Rogers, Heswall, Gillian Ruddock, Upton, Sarina Stapledon, Heswall, Dianne Swaffield, Oxton, Daphne Trivett, West Kirby, Tina Walking, Irby, Margaret Williamson, Heswall, Anne Boyd, Frodsham.
Fiona Bruce, Warrington, Brenda Burain, Cheshire, Janet Chisholm, Middlewich, Marion Clowes, Bollington, Glynis Cooper, Runcorn, Linda Coulter, Chester, Kathleen Cowell, Wilmslow, Angela Edwards,
Helsby, Ann Edwards, Chester, Bridget Ervine, Cheshire, Dawn Gibbons, Hulme, Frances Gore, Knutsford, Lynda Gwyther, Cheshire, Rev Joanna Jepson, Chester, Sally Jeynes, Crewe, Maria Lane, Chester, Jane Langdon, Chester, Denise Leigh, Audley, Pam McComiskey, Romily, Diane McConnell, Chester, Olive Minors, Chester, Peggy Moss, Padgate, Carol Nash, Altrincham, Joan Newton, Middlewich, Janet Orchard, Knutsford, Rachael Reeves, Malpas, Kay Sheldon, Macclesfield, Linda Stanway, Macclesfield, Mary Stewart, Cheshire, Jo Sykes, Rossett, Jenny Taylor, Cheshire, Beth Tweddle, Bunbury.