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Eric Pickles lost his frontbench job after the election

Eric Pickles lost his frontbench job after the election

Eric Pickles lost his frontbench job after the election

Former Communities Secretary Eric Pickles is to be given a knighthood, Downing Street has announced.

The Conservative will be made a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his public service as an MP, a former Cabinet minister and his time in local government, No 10 said.

Mr Pickles, who was first elected to Parliament in 1992, lost his frontbench role following the general election.

Mr Pickles said his family were "absolutely delighted" and he was looking forward to his investiture.

"I'm obviously very pleased with the honour and am looking forward to my day at the Palace," he said.

"When I left the Cabinet the Prime Minister asked if I would accept a knighthood and I indicated that I would but it then has to go through a committee. I'm very pleased."

The Brentwood and Ongar MP served as Communities Secretary for the duration of the last parliament and had previously been Tory party chairman.

He started out in local politics in Bradford in 1979, becoming leader nine years later.

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