The Chair of the Diocesan Justice & Peace Commission, John Battle, was awarded a Knighthood in the 2022 New Year’s Honours.
Sir John was born in Bradford in 1951 and was first elected to office in 1980 when he became a member of Leeds City Council. In 1987 be became MP for Leeds West and was re-elected on four occasions until his retirement from Parliament in 2010. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 2002 and in 2012 he received a Papal Knighthood from Pope Benedict XVI.
A full-length article about Sir John’s award, including an interview with him, is available on The Tablet website by following this link https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/14856/newly-knighted-sir-john-battle-pays-tribute-to-community
Also receiving an award from HM The Queen is Ed Anderson, the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, who becomes a CBE. Mr Anderson is currently Pro-Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University and a former Trustee of St Gemma’s Hospice and High Sheriff of West Yorkshire (2015-16). He was appointed a Knight of St Gregory by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012.
An MBE was also awarded to Matty Lee, an alumnus of Notre Dame Sixth Form College, Leeds, following his gold medal winning performance alongside diving partner Tom Daley in the 10m platform event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, held in July 2021.
Many Congratulations to each of them on their awards, and on the recognition of their achievments in this special way.