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Stafford, Stone and Rugeley people recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 16, 2014

  • Stafford, Stone and Rugeley people recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours

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STAFFORD, Stone and Rugeley people – including teenage cancer campaigner Stephen Sutton – have been rewarded for their efforts in the Queen’s Birthday honours.

Stone Conservative MP Bill Cash has been awarded a knighthood.

Mr Cash has been a staunch support of a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union.

He has been chairman of the Commons European Scrutiny Committee since 2010 and has also fought for women's rights, tabling a Gender Equality in International Development Bill which became law this year.

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He said he was honoured to receive the knighthood.

Johanne Tomlinson, a staff nurse at Stafford Prison, was awarded the OBE for her services to prison nursing.

Rugeley resident Kevin Derrick Lee, a special constable with Staffordshire Police was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to policing.

He said: "I was stunned to have been nominated for this honour, I am very proud to be part of Staffordshire Police and I simply enjoy working with people, it makes me feel very proud to be recognised and I find it an real honour and privilege."

Robert Francis QC, who was chairman of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust public inquiry has been awarded the Knights Bachelor for services to healthcare and patients.

Stephen Sutton, the Burntwood teenager who inspired so many as he talked about his experiences of cancer, has been awarded the MBE posthumously.

The 19-year-old was told about the award before his death a few weeks ago.

Staffordshire County Council’s leader Philip Atkins said: “The Queen’s Birthday Honours List is very much about ordinary people who have made an extraordinary contribution to their community or society – and Stephen Sutton is a shining example of this.

"Stephen’s story continues to be an inspirational one and this is a richly deserved honour for a truly remarkable Staffordshire teenager.”

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