Queen asks MP to join her council

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CHORLEY’S MP is set for a new role – by Royal appointment.

Lindsay Hoyle, who is already Deputy Speaker in the House of Commons, has been chosen by the Queen to become a member of her distinguished Privy Council.

The group is a formal body, mostly made up of senior politicians, who meet once a month and advise the sovereign.

Mr Hoyle, who was first elected as MP in 1997 with a 7,000 majority, will become the first Privy Counsellor to represent Chorley since 1929.

His official appointment was due to take place at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace yesterday (Tuesday) when he had to swear to the Privy Council oath.

Welcoming the news, the politician said: “I am delighted by my appointment and I know that it will help me represent the interests of the people of Chorley at the top of Government.

“The appointment has been made by the Prime Minister and The Queen. I am looking forward to attending the palace for my official appointment by the Queen.”

The Privy Counsellors are summoned to meetings at the Prime Minister’s discretion and there are currently around 600 members.

The role and title of Right Honourable will grant Lindsay further ministerial access and protocol requires a Secretary of State to reply to a member of the Privy Council.

Lindsay, who served as a Chorley councillor from 1980 to 1998 before taking up the MPs seat, added: “The history of the council is fascinating. It dates back to the 1500s and I am sure the ceremony will be equally as interesting.

“I am looking forward to telling the Queen all about Chorley.

“My most important job is to represent the people of Chorley and I know this role will help.”