Ribble Valley MP speaks of his 'honour' at being appointed to Privy Council

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has expressed his delight after being named as a member of the highly influential Privy Council.

MP Nigel Evans has been appointed to the formal body of advisers to the Queen,
MP Nigel Evans has been appointed to the formal body of advisers to the Queen,

The Privy Council is an advisory body to the Monarch, advising Her Majesty the Queen on the carrying out of her duties, including the exercise of the Royal Prerogative and other functions assigned to the Sovereign by the Acts of Parliament.

Other members of the Privy Council include all Cabinet Ministers, some senior members of the Royal Family, senior judges, Archbishops, the Speaker of the House of Commons, leaders of Opposition parties and leading Commonwealth spokesmen and judges.

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Members of the Privy Council are appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister. As a member of the Privy Council, Nigel is now entitled to be addressed as "Right Honourable".

Speaking about his appointment, Conservative MP Mr Evans, said: "I am honoured and humbled to have been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen to the Privy Council, and I am pleased that myself and the Ribble Valley have been recognised in this way.

“I would like to thank the people of the Ribble Valley, as this appointment would not have been possible without the Ribble Valley electing me as their representative for the past eight elections. I greatly look forward to the ceremony with the Queen, and to further representing the people of the Ribble Valley, when it is possible for the ceremony to go ahead."