Issued: June 9, 2018
Queen's Birthday Honour is "amazing surprise"
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing has been made a Dame in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Mrs Laing, who has been Member of Parliament for Epping Forest for 21 years, said the news came as an "amazing surprise".
Mrs Laing was a Shadow Minister for 12 years and has been a Deputy Speaker for the last four-and-a-half years.
She was appointed a member of the Privy Council, the formal body of advisers to the Queen, last November.
Commenting on her Damehood - announced in the Honours List which was officially published late last night, Mrs Laing said: "This is an amazing surprise but I am absolutely delighted.
"It has been a great honour to serve the people of Epping Forest for so many years, and to be able to continue to serve them as their Member of Parliament."