The Tory MP who called on Boris Johnson to quit the Knighthood

Boris Johnson handed the knighthood to a senior Tory MP who turned against his leadership and called for his resignation earlier this week.

Former Cabinet Minister Jeremy Wright, Conservative MP for Kenilworth and Southam, received the gong as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee birthday honours.

The timing of the announcement is awkward for the Prime Minister, coming just days after Mr Wright condemned Mr Johnson for Partygate and asked him to step down ‘for the good of this government and future governments’.

The Tory backbench said Mr Johnson put ‘personal responsibility’ for culture at No 10, arguing the Prime Minister would ‘hinder’ the government’s reputation being restored.

Mr Wright, the former attorney general, was honored for his work on thorny legal issues in the Brexit negotiations and the response to the chemical attack in Syria.

Meanwhile, former DUP leader and Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster – the first woman to hold either office – has been awarded an honor for her public service.

The main trade union figure was leader of the DUP when the party backed the Conservative government of Theresa May in the aftermath of the 2017 general election.

Dame Arlene said she was “thrilled and delighted” with the award. “As a great Royalist, it is a huge honor to receive this title of Dame in the 70th year of Her Majesty’s reign.”

Other political figures to receive honors as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations include former Conservative Equalities Minister Maria Miller MP and Labor MP Nia Griffith MP, who both received ladies’ honors .

Ms Miller has been recognized for her equality campaigning work – having introduced same-sex marriage legislation – while Ms Griffith has also been hailed for her campaigning work on behalf of women and the LGBT+ community.

Labor MP Stephen Timms, who has represented East Ham for almost 30 years, was knighted. Known for his campaign work on poverty, the veteran MP chairs the Work and Pensions Select Committee.

Elsewhere, Tracey Crouch – the Tory MP who led the recent fan-run review of English football – has been appointed OBE. His Tory backbench colleague Chris Skidmore, the former minister for universities, also received an OBE.

Mr Skidmore said: ‘I am very grateful for this award for my continued work in higher education and the environment since leaving government – although I do not deserve it compared to the thousands of academics and companies working hard to meet our climate commitments.”

Jonathan Powell, former Chief of Staff No. 10 under Tony Blair, has been made a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George for his services to foreign policy.

Several British officials who were working in Afghanistan at the time of the evacuation were also included in the latest honors list.

Dr Martin Longden, former Charge d’Affaires of the British Mission in Afghanistan, has been made a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. The Deputy Ambassador at the British Embassy in Kabul, Alexander Pinfield, who works there until October 2021, obtains an OBE.

Last week, MPs on the foreign affairs select committee criticized the government’s handling of the Kabul evacuation – but praised staff on the ground during Operation Pitting.


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Edward L. Robinett