South Holland the Deepings MP John Hayes has been recognised for his 40 years of public service with a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire).
Mr Hayes, first elected as an MP in 1997, was one of 62 names in former Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation honours list published on Friday.
Other names included former Chancellor George Osborne, now a Companion of Honour, current Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Conservative Party chairman Patrick McLoughlin, both knighted, and barrister Shami Chakrabarti who becomes a Peer.
Mr Hayes said: “I’m very honoured that Her Majesty the Queen has awarded me this high honour after 40 years in public life, from the time I was a teenager and joined the Conservative Party.
“I got a call from the current Prime Minister’s office to say that she had approved my nomination.
“Then it had to go to the Honours Committee to make sure it was all above board before it goes to Buckingham Palace where it was confirmed last Thursday.
I’m very honoured that Her Majesty the Queen has awarded me this high honour after 40 years in public life and I will go to Buckingham Palace with my wife and sons to be awarded the CBE by a member of the Royal FamilySouth Holland the Deepings MP John Hayes, now CBE
“I will go to the Palace with my wife, Susan, and sons to be awarded it by a member of the Royal Family and that will be an extremely proud day for the family.”
Mr Hayes has served as vice chairman of the Conservative Party and held a number of posts as Shadow Minister during the Labour Governments of 1997-2005.
He was then made a Minister of State in the Departments for Business and Education and is currently Minister of State for Transport.
Coun Gary Porter, leader of South Holland District Council, said: “It’s obviously good news for South Holland when anyone from the area gets recognised and John Hayes follows in a distinguished of people who have been honoured, including Lord Taylor of Holbeach and myself.”