BREAKING NEWS: Knighthood for South Holland and the Deepings MP
South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes has just been honoured with a knighthood.
Sir John (60) heard the news direct from Downing Street this afternoon.
His wife, Susan, becomes Lady Hayes.
Speaking to the Spalding Guardian moments ago, Sir John said: "I am just immensely proud on behalf of my family and my constituency.
"I am very proud to be MP for the area in which I live - I see it (the knighthood) as something for everyone in the area, not just for me."
He follows in the footsteps of a previous MP for this area, Sir Richard Body, who represented people here when the constituency was known as Holland with Boston.
Last year, Sir John reached his 20th year in Parliament.
He was born in humble surroundings - a council flat in London - and has held several Government ministerial posts as well as being at the heart of Government as a special adviser to former Prime Minister David Cameron.
Sir John says: "When you travel the journey I have - from the background I come from - there is a sense of surreality.
"You think 'this can't be me, I'm just me'.
"I would never want to have a sense of entitlement."
Sir John says he feels humbled by the knighthood - and felt the same when made a CBE in 2012.
"Nothing I have achieved in my life has really changed me," he said. "I am what I am. I think I have genuinely retained my sense of awe."
This afternoon's announcement saw the MP trending on Twitter, topping the list with more than 1,500 tweets.
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