Eurosceptic Tory MP John Hayes given knighthood

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The Conservative backbench MP John Hayes has been granted a knighthood.

Number 10 stated the Queen had licensed the dignity for the South Holland and The Deepings MP, who used to be a delivery minister till a reshuffle in January.

Sir John, a long-status sceptic in regards to the UK’s membership of the european, has been essential of the PM’s Brexit deal.

Labour shadow minister Chris Matheson stated it could be an “act of desperation” for the PM “to be giving for free knighthoods” to win deal backing.

The prime minister is as a result of shuttle to Brussels on Saturday ahead of the ecu summit on Sunday, whilst the Brexit Withdrawal Settlement is because of be signed off.

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Mr Hayes – a Eurosceptic – has advised the Sun that the glory has no pertaining to how he’ll vote on the deal.

Speaking to his native newspaper, Spalding As Of Late, Sir John said he used to be “immensely proud” to receive the knighthood.

“i’m very proud to be MP for the area in which I live – I see it as something for everybody in the area, not only for me,” he stated.

The awarding of a knighthood to an MP outside of the standard New Year’s and Queen’s birthday honours lists isn’t unprecedented.

Conservative ex-defence minister Mike Penning and ex-whip Robert Syms lost their roles in the put up-election reshuffle in 2017 and were given knighthoods months later.

Former cabinet minister Eric Pickles, who used to be a casualty of David Cameron’s reshuffle following the Tories’ 2015 common election victory, received his knighthood later that year.

Sir John Hayes served in a series of ministerial roles from 2010 to January 2018 and used to be Home Workplace safety minister from Might 2015 to June 2016, even as Mrs Would Possibly used to be house secretary.

The Queen has additionally authorized the appointment of Tory deputy leader whip Christopher Pincher and Labour whip Mark Tami to the Privy Council, Downing Street said.

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