Today’s papers bring word that Andrea Leadsom has been made a Dame Commander of the British Empire for her service to politics. The one-time challenger for the Conservative leadership has previously served as Leader of the House, Environment Secretary and Business Secretary before leaving government last year.
Leadsom was honoured alongside Oliver Lewis, the Vote Leave veteran who was fleetingly in command of the now-defunct Union Unit, who received a CBE, and Brexiteer donor Will Adderley. Earl Howe, the party’s deputy leader the House of Lords, was made a Knight Grand Cross. Labour MPs Meg Hellier and Mary Creagh also received awards.
Outside politics, the Queen’s birthday honours list is “heavily weighted towards recognising contributions to the fight against coronavirus”, with damehoods and knighthoods for Kate Bingham and others who played a key role in developing and rolling out the vaccine.
I am deeply honoured to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List as a Dame Commander of the British Empire. It is an immense privilege to be recognised for service to politics. (1/2)
— Andrea Leadsom MP (@andrealeadsom) June 11, 2021