Historic honour for Army para turned MP

Major Daniel Jarvis, The Parachute Regiment, is awarded an MBE by the Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 14, 2011. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Major Daniel Jarvis, The Parachute Regiment, is awarded an MBE by the Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 14, 2011. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
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A SOUTH Yorkshire MP had a Royal appointment when he visited Buckingham Palace to pick up a special honour.

Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central and a former Special Forces Major, was awarded the MBE for his services to the armed forces.

Mr Jarvis, who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan during his 15-year military career, developed training to help troops spot improvised explosive devices.

The shadow culture minister was presented with his medal by Prince Charles, making him the first MP in more than 60 years to receive a military award while still in office.

Mr Jarvis said the award was a ‘great honour’, and paid tribute to Territorial Army soldier Matthew Thornton, from Darton, killed last month in an explosion in Afghanistan’s Lashkar Gah district.

“I think we can be very proud people still want to go and serve our country and if I did just a tiny thing to make it safer for them to do so, then I’m very proud of that,” he said.