Press release

Knighthood conferred upon the Rt Hon James Paice MP

PM requested honour in recognition of James Paice's longstanding public service to the country.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Queen has been pleased to approve that the honour of Knighthood will be conferred upon the Rt Hon James Paice MP.

The Prime Minister requested the honour be granted following the recent government reshuffle, in recognition of James Paice’s longstanding public service to the country.

Notes to editors

Knight Bachelor

A knighthood rewards a pre-eminent contribution in any field of activity usually, but not exclusively, at a national level, or in a capacity which is recognised by peer groups as inspirational and nationally significant, and which demonstrates sustained commitment.

A Knight Bachelor is an appointment, not a membership of an Order of Chivalry. Recipients can adopt the title “Sir” and there are no post nominal letters associated with the award.

The Rt Hon James Paice MP

For twenty-five years James Paice has served his constituents of South East Cambridgeshire with selfless dedication and commitment. He has also taken on a number of key Front Bench roles, often drawing on his considerable experience of farming and agriculture.

James’s Ministerial career started off as a Parliamentary Private Secretary. He first worked alongside Baroness Trumpington as Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

On the Front Bench James has occupied key positions, both in Opposition and in Government. In the last Conservative Government he served as a junior Minister at both the Department of Employment and then the Department for Education. And between 1997 and 2010, James held a Shadow Ministerial position throughout.

Following the 2010 election, he was appointed Minister of State for Agriculture and Food at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - a position he held until September 2012.

Published 20 September 2012