Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff made a Knight in New Year Honours

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A WORCESTERSHIRE MP is to be knighted for more than two decades of public and political service.

The Mid Worcestershire MP, Peter Luff, has been made 'Sir Peter' in the New Year Honours list.

The 58-year-old, who will stand down ahead of the 2015 general election, said the knighthood was an "honour".

"I was very surprised and it is a wonderful end to my political career, the icing on the cake of a great time in politics," he said.

"This is an honour I share with my constituents as, without the confidence they have shown in me, I would not have got this.

"I am very grateful to all the people who have supported me so long and I want to share this with them.

"Without the enormous support of my wife, it would not have happened at all.

"It is an honour.”

The citation from the Cabinet Office read: “He was a scrupulously non-partisan chair of two select committees and has also served as a Parliamentary private secretary (in three departments), Parliamentary under secretary of state and a whip.

"He is co-chair of the speakers’ advisory committee on the 2015 anniversaries. He is a long-standing campaigner for British engineering, with an emphasis on the need for more young people to train as engineers and scientists.

"He supports numerous charitable organisations in his constituency."

Mr Luff is deputy chairman of the speakers’ advisory committee on the 2015 anniversaries, established to mark the 750th anniversary of the Simon De Montfort Parliament in 1265 and the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta in 1215, both of which played a pivotal role in freedom and democracy across the country.

Both anniversaries also have strong connections to Worcestershire - with King John, who signed the Magna Carta, is buried in Worcester Cathedral while Simon De Monfort died at the Battle of Evesham.

He said his wife Julia, also his secretary, and children, Rosie, 28, and Oliver, 25, were all thrilled he is to be knighted.

Mr Luff was first elected as MP for Worcester in 1992 and then for the new Mid Worcestershire seat in 1997.

He was educated at Windsor Grammar School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he read economics.

He worked from 1977 to 1980 for the late Lord Walker who was then MP for Worcester.

He went on to be head of private office to the former Prime Minister, the late Sir Edward Heath, in the early 1980s.

In 1997, Mr Luff was appointed chairman of the Commons agriculture committee. In 2000, he joined the frontbench as an opposition whip, serving as assistant chief whip from 2002 to 2005.

He was appointed chairman of the business, innovation and skills committee and its predecessors after the 2005 election and retained the post until the election in 2010.

From May 2010 to September 2012 he served as minister for defence equipment, support and technology.

He is president of Evesham and Pershore Mind and took on the role in June 2010, a patron of the county ME support group and was chairman of the Worcester Cathedral Council for six years.


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10:56pm Mon 30 Dec 13

truth must out says...

Wow 20 years of service.............
..I did 35 years at my job and got nuffink!!! Not exactly a major name in politics was he??
Wow 20 years of service............. ..I did 35 years at my job and got nuffink!!! Not exactly a major name in politics was he?? truth must out

11:03pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

Well thats what you get for sending our troops under equiped for war and placing orders for supply Boats abroad when with a simple modification they could have been built here in Britain, saving thousands of jobs in the shipyards. yep this must be a Tory HANDSHAKE, plus a very good Pension.
Well thats what you get for sending our troops under equiped for war and placing orders for supply Boats abroad when with a simple modification they could have been built here in Britain, saving thousands of jobs in the shipyards. yep this must be a Tory HANDSHAKE, plus a very good Pension. Jabbadad

7:53am Tue 31 Dec 13

voledog says...

Luff is as deserving an honour as James Connell would be for winning the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism. King John wrote the Magna Carta did he James? Best stick to ranting at cyclists and leave the historical facts to someone a bit brighter.
Luff is as deserving an honour as James Connell would be for winning the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism. King John wrote the Magna Carta did he James? Best stick to ranting at cyclists and leave the historical facts to someone a bit brighter. voledog

8:19am Tue 31 Dec 13

Cludgehill says...

voledog wrote:
Luff is as deserving an honour as James Connell would be for winning the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism. King John wrote the Magna Carta did he James? Best stick to ranting at cyclists and leave the historical facts to someone a bit brighter.
Every idiot knows the magna Carta was written by Peter muff, sorry that's luff, stupid predictive text.
[quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: Luff is as deserving an honour as James Connell would be for winning the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism. King John wrote the Magna Carta did he James? Best stick to ranting at cyclists and leave the historical facts to someone a bit brighter.[/p][/quote]Every idiot knows the magna Carta was written by Peter muff, sorry that's luff, stupid predictive text. Cludgehill

11:12am Tue 31 Dec 13

brooksider says...

Strangely no mention of his skills at picking the pocket of the taxpayer in the article.
Surely any good work during his political career should be tempered with his shameful expenses claims.
Strangely no mention of his skills at picking the pocket of the taxpayer in the article. Surely any good work during his political career should be tempered with his shameful expenses claims. brooksider

11:12am Tue 31 Dec 13

Keith B says...

Bring on the trolls who will knock the award. As someone who simply doesn't believe in the honours system Luff is more deserving than some fatuous actress or actor who speaks somebody else's words but gets all the credit for "great comedy" - or indeed Angela Lansbury who has lived abroad for many years and contributed virtually nothing to Britain. What's she got a gong for, that puts her on equal footing with somebody like Tessa Jowell.

So Luff - like him or not, agree with his views or not - hasn't been a bad representative of the views of the people who elected him - the silent majority in Mid Worcestershire who kept re-electing him.. That is the measurement of the honours system - support for the establishment, being part of the system and loyalty to the Party.

It's a ridiculous system, but it's what we do in Britain, that will only be undermined as we allow in yet more people from other cultures who haven't got and don't respect the British way.
Bring on the trolls who will knock the award. As someone who simply doesn't believe in the honours system Luff is more deserving than some fatuous actress or actor who speaks somebody else's words but gets all the credit for "great comedy" - or indeed Angela Lansbury who has lived abroad for many years and contributed virtually nothing to Britain. What's she got a gong for, that puts her on equal footing with somebody like Tessa Jowell. So Luff - like him or not, agree with his views or not - hasn't been a bad representative of the views of the people who elected him - the silent majority in Mid Worcestershire who kept re-electing him.. That is the measurement of the honours system - support for the establishment, being part of the system and loyalty to the Party. It's a ridiculous system, but it's what we do in Britain, that will only be undermined as we allow in yet more people from other cultures who haven't got and don't respect the British way. Keith B

1:19pm Tue 31 Dec 13

voledog says...

At least none of us can deny Luff is a lot more deserving than one or two other Tory nominations...such as Alan Parker, the man who manages PR for enery giants BP and EDF and who also happens to sometimes holiday with David Cameron - he gets a knighthood; property developer Peter Emerson who has been awarded an OBE after kindly donating £30000 to George Osborne's constituency; and Lady Patrica Hobson who also gets an OBE after generously donating over £39000 to the impoverished Conservatives of Hendon. Just as deserving as each other!
At least none of us can deny Luff is a lot more deserving than one or two other Tory nominations...such as Alan Parker, the man who manages PR for enery giants BP and EDF and who also happens to sometimes holiday with David Cameron - he gets a knighthood; property developer Peter Emerson who has been awarded an OBE after kindly donating £30000 to George Osborne's constituency; and Lady Patrica Hobson who also gets an OBE after generously donating over £39000 to the impoverished Conservatives of Hendon. Just as deserving as each other! voledog

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