Sir Bill Cash.  Sir Nicholas Soames.  Sir Roger Gale.  Sir Peter Bottomley.

And we must count in some former Ministers – Sir Alan Duncan, Sir Edward Garnier, Sir Peter Luff, Sir James Paice, Sir Hugh Robertson, and Sir Oliver Heald.

David Cameron has been quietly reviving knighthoods for MPs since 2010.  He believes that political service is no less deserving of an honour than any other form.  Good for him.  The move is also part of his push to improve relations with Conservative backbenchers.  Prime Ministers have fewer means of patronage than they did, and this is one of those remaining.

At any rate, the latest addition to the list is Sir David Amess – very much a man of the Right.  Luff, whose knighthood was announced a year ago, is more of a man of the Tory Left.  Political balance, you see.  This site sends congratulations.



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