Berwick MP receives his knighthood

SIR Alan Beith was knighted by the Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace last week.

The long-serving MP for the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency was given the honour in recognition of his services to Parliament over the past 35 years.

Sir Alan said: "It was a very special occasion for me and my family and we will treasure the memories for a long time. I was very pleased to be knighted by Her Majesty the Queen."

It was on November 8, 1973, that Alan Beith took the Berwick seat in a by-election victory with a majority of just 57, overturning the Conservatives' 8800 majority over the Liberals established at the 1970 General Election.

Earlier this year, when the Queen's birthday honours were announced, Sir Alan commented: "I am delighted, partly because this award is in recognition for services to Parliament, and I think the work of Parliament is important. It gets a bad name, sometimes deservedly, but we need an effective Parliament to hold the Government to account and I have spent a lot of my time trying to make it more effective. I am also grateful to all the people who help and support me, because without them I would not be able to do the job."