Higgs leads awards in science

Professor Peter Higgs, the retired British physicist, has been recognised in the New Year Honours list. MI5 chief Jonathan Evans has been honoured with a knighthood, while Cherie Blair and gay rights activist Michael Cashman have been awarded a CBE.

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New Year Honour for Sir Peter Hendy and TfL staff

Peter Hendy Credit: ITN

London’s Transport Commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, is being awarded a Knighthood in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours, for services to transport and the community.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said:

“Sir Peter Hendy richly deserves this honour. He has shown outstanding leadership as London’s Transport Commissioner, including overseeing the largest ever investment programme in the capital’s transport network and record breaking passenger numbers.

"He also led the successful operation of the transport network for the London 2012 Games, demonstrating to the world that London is the best city to live, work, visit and invest in."

London Underground’s Chief Operating Officer, Howard Collins becomes an OBE for services to the London 2012 Games and the London Underground.

Bus Service Controller, Nana Nyarko, becomes an MBE for services to London Buses following his outstanding bravery and commitment to colleagues and customers during the public disorder of August 2011.

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Knighthood for MI5 chief Jonathan Evans

Jonathan Evans becomes a Sir in the New Year. Credit: PA

MI5 chief Jonathan Evans's appointment as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath comes during a long career dedicated to fighting terrorism.

The Security Service director general took the top job almost six years ago at a time of unprecedented public focus on the agency in the wake the 9/11 attacks in the United States and the July 7 Tube bombings in London in 2005.

Sir Jonathan said: "It's a privilege to lead MI5 and I view this honour as a recognition of the significant contribution by the men and women of the Security Service in securing the Olympics this year and the country every year."

Gay rights activist Michael Cashman awarded CBE

Former EastEnders star Michael Cashman, left, with Paul Cottingham at their civil partnership ceremony in 2006. Credit: PA

Gay rights activist and actor-turned-politician Michael Cashman was awarded a CBE in today's New Year's Honours.

Cashman, 62, is probably best-known for delivering the first gay kiss on British prime-time TV, sparking record numbers of complaints but also many plaudits when his character Colin Russell pecked lover Barry Clark on the forehead in a 1987 episode of EastEnders.

Colin was the first homosexual character in the BBC soap, and his introduction caused huge controversy at a time when gay people were largely represented as camp figures of fun on TV.

Knighthood for Met Commissioner Hogan-Howe

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe
Bernard Hogan-Howe is to become a Sir. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has been recognised in the 2013 New Year's Honours list with a knighthood for bringing new energy and action on gangs, guns and knife crime in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and his focus on sustaining front line visibility.

He is also recognised for overseeing policing during the Diamond Jubilee, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Commissioner Hogan-Howe said: "I am very proud and thrilled at this recognition of the hard work of colleagues in the Metropolitan Police, South Yorkshire, Merseyside and Her Majesty's Inspectorate.

"I couldn't have achieved this without the love and support of my wife Marion, and my mum, who hasn't seen the day."

Cherie Blair's CBE recognises charity work

Cherie Blair has been awarded a CBE
Cherie Blair has been awarded a CBE. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Cherie Blair was awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours for her services to women's issues and charity.

Mrs Blair, 58, has used the prominence she gained as wife of former prime minister Tony Blair to raise both funds and awareness for a wide range of charities at home and overseas.

Among others, she is patron of Breast Cancer Care, Refuge, Scope and the Community Foundation for Merseyside, honorary vice-president - and formerly president - of Barnados, and president of the Loomba Foundation, which campaigns to alleviate the plight of widows around the world.

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