South Yorkshire MP Kevin Barron has been to London – to collect his knighthood.
Sir Kevin, Labour MP for Rother Valley, received his honour from Prince Charles at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
The former pit worker was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours for political and public service.
Sir Kevin left school at 15 and began work as an underground electrician at Maltby Colliery.
After studying at Sheffield University on day-release, he went to Ruskin College, Oxford, as a mature student.
He believes his honour is recognition of parliamentary and Rother Valley work.
When he discovered he was being given the award, Sir Kevin said he was stunned and humbled.
He said: “To be knighted is extraordinary - but I’ll always be just Kevin Barron.”
During his career at Westminster, Sir Kevin has chaired the Health Select Committee and is now chairman of the Standards and Privileges Committee.
He has just been re-selected by the Labour Party’s Rother Valley cConstituency branch as their candidate for next year’s General Election.
He will again contest the Rother Valley seat he has held since 1983.