Lynton Crosby is Australian of Year in UK

  • 24/01/2016
Lynton Crosby (AAP)
Lynton Crosby (AAP)

Election guru Lynton Crosby has been named Australian of the Year in the UK.

The award comes just weeks after he was controversially awarded a knighthood for helping engineer the re-election of Britain's Conservative government.

At a ceremony at Australia House in London on Saturday night English chef Rick Stein was also awarded Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK and saxophonist Amy Dickson was named Young Australian Achiever of the Year in the UK.

The Australia Day Foundation awards were presented by Australia's high commissioner in the UK Alexander Downer.

Mr Crosby, who has been dubbed the "Wizard of Oz", started working for British Prime Minister David Cameron in 2013 and is credited with masterminding the Conservative Party's first outright win for more than 30 years in May last year.

He's also worked in New Zealand for Prime Minister John Key, according to media reports.