Ipswich MPs honoured

PUBLISHED: 06:56 28 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

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IPSWICH'S MPs celebrated a momentous day in London when one took his seat in the House of Commons while another was knighted for his services to Parliament in the last 18 years.

IPSWICH'S MPs celebrated a momentous day in London when one took his seat in the House of Commons while another was knighted for his services to Parliament in the last 18 years.

Yesterday newly elected Chris Mole had cause for celebration as cheering Labour MPs waving their order papers greeted his arrival in the Commons after he won last week's Ipswich by-election.

It was an unusually crowded house because MPs were present to listen to Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown deliver his autumn statement, the pre-Budget report.

As the Chancellor took questions following his speech Mr Mole, who won the Ipswich seat last week with a majority of more than 4,000, was kept waiting at the Bar an extra half an hour before entering the house to loud acclamation.

After shaking hands with the Speaker Michael Martin, he signed the oath of allegiance to her Majesty the Queen.

Speaking outside Westminster Mr Mole said: "It is an honour to be here representing Ipswich. We had a terrific result and I am really pleased that the people chose me to be their MP.

"It is great to have a full Commons to greet me. It could not have been a better occasion."

With his wife Shona and son Ted watching from the gallery, Mr Mole was escorted into the Commons chamber by Labour MP Ivan Henderson (Harwich) and Angela Smith (Basildon), who is also the Government Whip for the East of England.

Ironically Mr Mole is one of the constituents of Conservative MP Michael Lord, who was yesterday knighted by the Queen.

Sir Michael, 63, has been the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons for the last four years and is one of the most respected MPs at Westminster, popular with politicians across the political divide.

A former rugby blue at Cambridge University, and currently captain of the Parliamentary Golfing Society, he failed in his bid last year to succeed Betty Boothroyd in the chair when she retired.

Yesterday Sir Michael was accompanied to the investiture at Buckingham Palace by his wife Jenny and their grown up children Tim and Sally.

He received his knighthood for Services to Parliament, the only MP to be recognised in this way in the Queen's Birthday Honours List last June, and described it as "a great honour".

Elected for Central Suffolk in 1983, boundary changes in 1997 saw his seat redrawn and renamed Suffolk Central and Ipswich North. Both have included the four Ipswich Borough wards of Whitton, Whitehouse, Broom Hill and Castle Hill.

n Football commentator and former Suffolk schoolboy, John Motson, was also in the capital to mark what he described as the "climax" of his career.

The 56-year-old, who used to frequent the Portman Road terraces as a youngster, was at Buckingham Palace to collect an OBE from the Queen yesterday.

Famed for his encyclopaedic knowledge of football facts, the former pupil of Culford School in Bury St Edmunds has been BBC television's voice of football for 30 years.

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