Leadsom awarded a damehood in the Queen’s birthday honours list

12 Jun

Today’s papers bring word that Andrea Leadsom has been made a Dame Commander of the British Empire for her service to politics. The one-time challenger for the Conservative leadership has previously served as Leader of the House, Environment Secretary and Business Secretary before leaving government last year.

Leadsom was honoured alongside Oliver Lewis, the Vote Leave veteran who was fleetingly in command of the now-defunct Union Unit, who received a CBE, and Brexiteer donor Will Adderley. Earl Howe, the party’s deputy leader the House of Lords, was made a Knight Grand Cross. Labour MPs Meg Hellier and Mary Creagh also received awards.

Outside politics, the Queen’s birthday honours list is “heavily weighted towards recognising contributions to the fight against coronavirus”, with damehoods and knighthoods for Kate Bingham and others who played a key role in developing and rolling out the vaccine.

Geoffrey Cox is knighted

31 Dec

One pinches oneself at the news that Geoffrey Cox has been knighted only because he is so seigneurial a figure that one somehow believes he was a knight already.

But he wasn’t – so congratulations to Sir Geoffrey, as he will shortly become.  He played an important part in the struggle for Brexit, combining decidedly Eurosceptic views with commitment to the rule of law.

“This Parliament is a disgrace!” he declared in September last year (see above).  “This Parliament is a dead Parliament.  It should no longer sit.  The time is soon coming when these turkeys won’t be able to prevent Christmas.”  And so it proved.