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Knighted MP for South Holland and the Deepings shares the scale of political blood running through his family




Newly knighted MP Sir John Hayes has put the political world on notice that his family is likely to continue having a place at Westminster.

Sir John, MP for South Holland and the Deepings since 1997, was accompanied by his wife, now Lady Susan Hayes, and sons Edward and William to the knighthood ceremony at Buckingham Palace earlier this month.

Elder son William, a sixth form student at Spalding Grammar School, took a particular interest in his father being knighted by the Prince of Wales given his own political ambitions which saw him out campaigning both during and after the 2016 European Union referendum.

Sir John and Lady Hayes, with sons Edward (left) and William, outside Buckingham Palace after his knighthood. Photo supplied. (7373294)
Sir John and Lady Hayes, with sons Edward (left) and William, outside Buckingham Palace after his knighthood. Photo supplied. (7373294)

Sir John said: "William is as political as me and as I was compared to my father.

"The Hayes household is a lively place political, although our conversations tend to be 'right versus right', rather than 'right versus left'".

Sir John, whose knighthood was announced by Prime Minister Theresa May last November, also spoke of how his wish to be knighted by Prince Charles came true.

Prince Charles who knighted Sir John Hayes. Photo by Adam Fairbrother.
Prince Charles who knighted Sir John Hayes. Photo by Adam Fairbrother.

"It was a huge day out and a great honour for my family and my constituents," Sir John said.

"I was knighted alongside the author Kazuo Ishiguro which was also a great honour as I chatted to him, sharing views on various things.

"The Prince of Wales congratulated me and said that the knighthood was much-deserved.

Buckingham Palace is a backdrop for a ceremony to mark 100 years of the RAF. Photo supplied.
Buckingham Palace is a backdrop for a ceremony to mark 100 years of the RAF. Photo supplied.

"I said how pleased I was that it was him doing the knighting because it was the Queen who conferred my CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2016.

"I'm a great admirer of the Prince of Wales and we did exchange a few words on a number of subjects in the few moments that we had together.

"Overall, the knighthood ceremony was an occasion full of magic, filling me with vivid and wonderful memories."

Sir John paid tribute to his wife, sons and residents of South Holland and the Deepings before predicting that his relationship with his constituents would stay unchanged.

"The great thing about Lincolnshire is the lack of pretence and pomposity," Sir John said.

"Given the way people are with me, I can't imagine that anything will change."



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