25 May 2012
It was a great honour for me to be one of those who received the honorary freedom of our borough at the splendid ceremony in St George’s Cathedral last Saturday. I am very grateful to Southwark Council for agreeing to give me this honour.
I warmly congratulate all those others who also received Southwark’s honorary freedom on the same day, and those many individuals and organisations who were honoured by the Civic Association and the borough in different ways at the same ceremony. Our borough truly is blessed with many people who give great service, locally, to our city and to our country.
My honour is however not just an honour for me, and I pay tribute to all those who have worked with me in my community and public activities in this borough for 35 years. My Liberal and Liberal Democrat colleagues – members, party officers and councillors; all my staff team members, volunteer helpers and supporters, and my family, particularly mother and brothers, have given so much support over so many years.
Please allow me finally the chance to correct one omission. Quite unintentionally I did not pay public tribute on Saturday to Coral Newell. I assume that Coral normally would not be a political supporter of mine, but her work in the community, particularly for the elderly, has been rightly recognised by our borough too.
There will be many future campaigns too where we will need to work across and beyond parties to obtain the decisions and changes which the people of our borough need.
Simon Hughes, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark
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