WOKINGHAM MP Sir John Redwood has expressed his gratitude for the “kind messages” he has received since news broke that he was receiving a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list.
The newly minted Sir John gave his thanks in a blog post this morning, stating that he owes a debt to “all my constituents” and the children’s charity Variety.
He said: “It has been their advice, problems and issues that has provided much of the impetus to my thoughts … and allowed me to undertake public service. I have learned a lot from those who support me and from those who disagree with some of the views I express.”
And he also thanked his alma mater, All Souls College in Oxford for the help they have given.
Sir John is one of three MPs who have been knighted in this year’s New Year’s Honours list. He has been recognised for his political and public service and it was determined by a committee independent of Theresa May’s Government.
Former Conservative minister Gary Streeter and long-serving Labour MP Alan Campbell have also received knighthoods.
His statement in full: “I would like to thank all those who have sent me kind messages on the award of a knighthood.
“I am very conscious of the debt I owe all my constituents. It has been their advice, problems and issues that has provided much of the impetus to my thoughts, has influenced my contribution to the national conversation and allowed me to undertake public service.
“I have learned a lot from those who support me and from those who disagree with some of the views I express.
“It is a privilege to serve as Wokingham’s MP.
“I also would like to thank All Souls College Oxford where I am a fellow. They have provided me with a platform and with academic discussion and criticism to develop views on public policy and give lectures and seminars. This too has helped develop my thinking and to make a contribution to the national debate.
“I have also enjoyed offering some help to Variety, the Children’s charity, who do such good work for our community.”