BICESTER MP Tony Baldry has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to political and public life.
The MP, who has represented North Oxfordshire for 29 years, also serves as Second Church Estates Commissioner.
Sir Tony said: “I am very proud to have been made a Knight, particularly in the Birthday Honours of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.
“All the work in which I am involved as an MP, from campaigns on the Horton Hospital, to campaigns with the churches, are team efforts, and I hope that I will always be an effective advocate for such campaigns.
“I am also very conscious I follow two excellent Knights as Members of Parliament for North Oxfordshire – Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker and Sir Neil Marten – and I am glad that I have been considered worthy to join them.
“Indeed, it says something for the stability and continuity of Banbury as a constituency in the heart of England, in that I believe it is the only seat to have been continuously represented by Knights in Parliament since the Second World War.”