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Full report: The Queen's Birthday Honours

The Queens list of birthday honours has been announced. Several people from our region will receive titles including Gainsborough MP Edward Leigh, who will be knighted and author Joanne Harris, from Barnsley, who's been given an MBE. Victoria Whittam reports.

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Queen's birthday honours - how they work

  • Knighthoods - Men are styled "Sir" and women "Dame" and are honoured "for having a major contribution in any activity, usually at national level."
  • CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) - Awarded for a "prominent but lesser role [than those awarded knighthoods] at national level."
  • OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) - Awarded for "having a major local role in any activity."
  • MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) - Awarded for "a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community."

Source: gov.uk

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Margaret Thatcher's former private secretary gets a Knighthood

Gainsborough MP Edward Leigh is honoured in Queen's birthday list Credit: PA

Margaret Thatcher's former private secretary, Edward Leigh, is following in his father's footsteps in receiving a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

The son of Sir Neville Leigh KCVO, former clerk to the Privy Council, Mr Leigh worked in the private office of the former prime minister while she was leader of the Opposition between 1976 and 1977. He was in charge of her correspondence.

The Conservative MP has sat in the Commons for 30 years but has remained a backbencher for much of the time. Mr Leigh, who is married with six children, is a qualified barrister and a member of the Inner Temple.

Queen's Birthday Honours - the facts

A total of 1,180 people receive awards in this year's Birthday Honours, including 556 women, 47 per cent of the total.

Awards for sport make up 4 per cent, with around 10 per cent of honours being given for work in education, while health makes up 7 per cent. Industry and the economy equal 10 per cent.

The British Empire Medal (BEM), re-introduced last year, has seen even more people recognised for their efforts in society and in total, 72% of awards in the list are for people actively engaged in charitable or voluntary work within their local communities.

Chocolat author gets MBE

Author Joanne Harris Credit: PA

Chocolat author, Joanne Harris, has been made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. The Barnsley born novelist, who worked as a teacher before turning to writing said she was "surprised" when she found out about the honour.

The 48-year-old, who is married with one daughter, said she had not given much thought to her visit to the palace to accept the award, saying :"I'm only at the 'Shall I buy a hat?' stage."

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