BREAKING: Maldon MP John Whittingdale OBE awarded a knighthood

By Ben Shahrabi

14th Oct 2022 | Local News

Sir John Whittingdale has represented Maldon as its Member of Parliament for more than 30 years. (Photo: Ben Shahrabi)
Sir John Whittingdale has represented Maldon as its Member of Parliament for more than 30 years. (Photo: Ben Shahrabi)

The Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE, who has been MP for Maldon since 1992, received a knighthood in the latest honours list this afternoon (October 14).

His Majesty King Charles III has approved 26 new peerages, following nominations submitted by former prime minister Boris Johnson.

Sir John, former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, was awarded the honour for his "political and public service". 

Maldon Town Mayor, Councillor Andrew Lay, shared his thoughts on the news which he says is 'fantastic' for the MP.

He told Nub News: "It is good to see John's many years of service to the town finally being recognised in black and white.

"I have seen first-hand that he has supported many local causes and helped facilitate solutions to help local residents.

"It is great to be working with him this year, in my role.

"He is a true man of Maldon - well-deserved and congratulations."

Sir John pictured with Anglian Water Environment Director Dr Robin Price, former Undertones frontman Feargal Sharkey, student Hattie Phillips, and Town Mayor Andrew Lay at a meeting in July. (Photo: Ben Shahrabi)

Sir John is currently in Rwanda for the 145th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly.

He is Vice-Chair of the British delegation, which will be joining discussions about "Gender equality and gender-sensitive parliaments as drivers of change for a more resilient and peaceful world".

Last month, Sir John paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II in Parliament, days after confirming his support for Liz Truss as she became Prime Minister.

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