Thornbury & Yate MP Steve Webb has been honoured by the Queen by being appointed as a member of the ‘Privy Council’, after four years of service as Minister of State for Pensions and seventeen years in Parliament.
The Privy Council is a group of senior Parliamentarians and other leading public figures whose role is largely ceremonial, but who occasionally meet with the Queen at one of her Royal Palaces to conduct Privy Council business. Members of the Privy Council are referred to as ‘the Right Honourable’, and this title remains with them even when they are no longer active in political life. There are between 500 and 600 members of the privy council, and the whole council would meet in the event of the death of the monarch.
Commenting, Steve Webb said:
“It is a great honour to be appointed by the Queen to be a member of the Privy Council. Although I have acquired a new honorary title, I hope I will still be simply ‘Steve’ to everyone in the local area!”.
The Lib Dem MP will be formally inducted at Buckingham Palace in November, but has already received his letter of appointment with a ‘wax seal’ from the Palace.
More information about the work of the Privy Council can be found here: http://privycouncil.independent.gov.uk/privy-council/privy-council-member