New Year's Honours
Tuesday, 4th January 2011
Peter Bottomley MP, the Parliamentary Warden of St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, was knighted in the New Year’s Honours List.
Sir Peter took over from Lord Boswell as Parliamentary Warden in December last year.
The role of Parliamentary Warden includes supporting links between St Margaret’s and the Houses of Parliament, attending a number of key events during the year and assisting the St Margaret’s restoration appeal when it enters its next phase.
The Cabinet Office said Sir Peter's knighthood reflected his 'long and distinguished' career in Parliament.
Sir Peter was first elected to the Commons in 1975, and has held his current seat of Worthing West in Sussex since 1997.
He held several junior ministerial posts under Baroness Thatcher between 1984 and 1990, but most of his 35-year parliamentary career has been spent on the back benches.