Former Cabinet ministers Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg and Dame Priti Patel receive gongs

A damehood and a knighthood have been bestowed on two stalwarts of Boris Johnson’s former Cabinet at Windsor today.

Ex-Home Secretary Priti Patel has been made a Dame and Jacob Rees-Mogg has been made a Sir for both their political and public service.

The politicians were both on former prime minister Boris Johnson’s resignation honours list.

Sir Jacob, 54, was a former Leader of the House of Commons until 2022 and is now a regular presenter on GB News.

Dame Patel, 51, also left her role as Home Secretary in 2022 and remains the MP for Witham in Essex, a constituency she has served since 2010. Sir Jacob has also served his seat of North East Somerset since the same year.

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During the 2022 Tory leadership election Dame Patel supported Boris Johnson, until the former Prime Minister declined to stand and then she backed current PM Rishi Sunak.

In September 2022, Rees-Mogg was appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy during the record short-reign of Prime Minister Liz Truss. He resigned in October 2022 when Rishi Sunak became Prime Minister.

Also receiving honours today were a convicted murderer who tackled the Fishmongers’ Hall terror attacker.

Steven Gallant was one of four men who confronted convicted terrorist Usman Khan until armed police arrived at the scene in November 2019.

Khan, who had two large knives and a fake suicide belt, stabbed Cambridge graduates Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, and injured three other people before running on to London Bridge.

Mr Gallant, one of two men convicted of killing Barrie Jackson in Hull in 2005, had been allowed out on licence for the first time when the incident occurred.

He will receive the Queen’s Gallantry Medal alongside Darryn Frost, who also confronted Khan.

The decoration is awarded for exemplary acts of bravery.

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The four men who confronted Khan featured on this year’s Civilian Gallantry List, the last to be approved by the late Queen. John Crilly and Lukasz Koczocik also stepped in to confront the attacker.

Ex-prisoner Mr Crilly hosed Khan with a fire extinguisher and communications manager Mr Frost jabbed at Khan with a narwhal tusk, sending him off balance.

Mr Gallant then tackled Khan to the ground, where all three restrained him until armed police arrived. It came after Mr Koczocik used a long ceremonial pike taken from the walls of the Grade II-listed building to disarm Khan.

Mr Koczocik was presented with the Queen’s Gallantry Medal by the Princess Royal at Windsor Castle on Tuesday.

Commodore David Pond, the former chief executive of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby receive an MBE today for services to the sport.

And Pauline Barker, the founder of the Devon and Cornwall Wild Swimming group, received an MBE for services to swimming in south-west England.

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