STATEMENT ON KNIGHTHOOD IN NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST 2014
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It is a real honour to have been awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours List. Julia and I are delighted.

I am particularly pleased that the full citation lists so many aspects of my political career but puts in first place my work for my constituents. Without their support - and the opportunity this gave me to work for them – this award would never have happened. I’m also very gratified to see my campaign on engineering skills highlighted – this is a crucial challenge for the future that we must do more to address.

The reference to the 2015 anniversaries is to the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 1215 and the 750th of the first representative parliament, called by Simon de Montfort in 1265. These events have huge significance for Worcestershire as King John is buried in Worcester Cathedral and Simon de Montfort died in Evesham. I will be working on the parliamentary aspects of these important celebrations of the origins of our freedom and democracy.

The full citation from the Cabinet Office reads:

Peter Luff has served his Worcestershire constituents for over two decades. He was a scrupulously non-partisan Chair of two Select Committees and has also served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary (in three departments), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and a Whip. He is Co-Chair of the Speakers’ Advisory Committee on the 2015 Anniversaries. He is a long-standing campaigner for British engineering, with an emphasis on the need for more young people to train as engineers and scientists. He supports numerous charitable organisations in his constituency.


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