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It's Sir Kenny as Dalglish is honoured for battle to get justice over Hillsborough

By Tim Smith

Liverpool football great Kenny Dalglish has told of his pride at being knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours, following his steadfast support for the Hillsborough disaster families in their lengthy quest for justice.

The former player, manager and tireless charity campaigner joins Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, who becomes a dame in the list, which also features Network Rail's chief executive Mark Carne, who receives a gong against a backdrop of huge disruption for train passengers in recent weeks.

The Department for Transport admitted the timing of the announcement of Mr Carne's CBE for services to the rail industry is "unfortunate" but said recent problems should not detract from his overall service.

Remarkable females, including a nun fighting modern slavery and a businesswoman who made her fortune in fake tan, are among those honoured on the centenary of women's suffrage - although men outnumber women on the list.

As the NHS celebrates 70 years since its foundation, medics are recognised for their dedication, with health sector workers making up 12% of the 1,057 people honoured in the list.

Dame Emma (59), who is described in the official citation of the honours committee as one of the UK's most versatile and celebrated actresses, receives her honour for services to drama.

The Remains Of The Day and Nanny McPhee star is joined on the list by actor Tom Hardy, who is also recognised for services to drama, receiving a CBE, while Keira Knightley is made an OBE for services to drama and charity.

Sir Kenny, who managed Liverpool at the time of the Hillsborough disaster, said he was "hugely proud to have accepted the accolade" for services to football, charity and the city of Liverpool.

The 67-year-old Glaswegian and his wife Marina have also helped raise millions of pounds for cancer treatment through the Marina Dalglish Appeal, after she successfully battled breast cancer.

Joking that he thought the letter informing him of the knighthood had been from the taxman, he said of the achievement: "We only set out to do the best we possibly could, even through all the other stuff - the charity or Hillsborough, it was to help people because somebody helped us."

Following the wave of terror attacks which struck the UK in 2017, former assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Mark Rowley, who led the national response, is honoured with a knighthood.

On his retirement in March after 31 years in policing, Mr Rowley was praised by Prime Minister Theresa May for his "dedication to protecting public safety and tackling the evils of terrorism".

While there are no honours for local heroes involved in the response to the Grenfell Tower fire, the Cabinet has said it expects "acts of bravery and extraordinary community spirit" which emerged from the tragedy to feature on future lists, adding that its approach will be "time-appropriate".

The brother of aid worker David Haines, who was murdered by Islamic State extremists, is made an OBE for his work against terrorism.

Mike Haines dedicated the honour, for voluntary service to tolerance and education in the UK and abroad, to his younger sibling, who was beheaded by Islamic State extremists in 2014 after being taken hostage in Syria.

Billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, the boss of chemical company Ineos, who this year topped the Sunday Times rich list with £21.05 billion, receives a knighthood for services to business and investment.

Sporting stars are well represented among the recipients, with Premier League and England striker Jermain Defoe describing himself as "blessed and humbled" to receive an OBE for his services to the charitable foundation set up in his name.

Defoe said he felt "mixed emotions", with the award coming almost a year after the death of six-year-old football mascot Bradley Lowery, with whom the player struck up a strong friendship as the little boy battled a rare childhood cancer.

World heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua is made an OBE for services to sport, while 20-year-old alpine skier Menna Fitzpatrick, Britain's most successful winter paralympian, is the youngest on this year's list, picking up an MBE for services to paralympic winter sport.

In the music world, rapper and singer Ms Dynamite is honoured with an MBE, under her real name Niomi McLean-Daley, for services to music, while Mobo Awards founder Kanya King receives a CBE for services to music and culture.

Japan-born Nobel prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro, knighted for his services to literature, said he was "deeply touched to receive this honour from the nation that welcomed me as a small foreign boy".

Former Second World War nurse Rosemary Powell, who at 103 is the oldest on the list, is made an MBE for voluntary service to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, having spent 97 years collecting for the charity.

Renowned war correspondent Kate Adie is made a CBE for services to media, while Stacey Dooley, who is known for her BBC Three investigative series, receives an MBE for services to broadcasting.

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