Local MP receives knighthood

Hemel Hempstead MP, Mike Penning, has responded to this afternoon’s announcement that he has been awarded a Knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen.

He said:

“This really is a completely unexpected announcement and, of course, I am deeply honoured.

“For someone from my background, it is a great privilege and really very special. I’ve only known about it for about an hour and, to be honest, I think I’m still in shock!”

He added:

“It is a great honour for me, my family and indeed for the town. Something like this doesn’t happen every day.

“It just goes to show that in modern Britain it doesn’t matter what background you come from. I hope that it inspires some of our local young people to believe in themselves and that we have future Knights and Dames in our midst.

“I don’t know yet when I will attend an investiture are Buckingham Palace, but I’m very much looking forward to it.”

Mike has been made a Knight Bachelor.