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John Baron MP has been presented with a CBE at an investiture at Windsor Castle.
The Member of Parliament for Basildon and Billericay received the award from HRH The Princess Royal for Political and Public Service, after 23 years as an MP.
Mr Baron will be standing down at the next general election.
He said, “It is a great honour to be recognised in this way. My wife and daughters joined me for what was a very special occasion. Amid a splendid atmosphere, it was wonderful to have a personal and amusing chat with Princess Anne, who was very aware of aspects of my political service.”
“I shall forever remember receiving this honour in such an historic setting, and that it was the result of a great team effort.”