Havering residents honoured in New Years’ honours list

An MP, justice of the peace and catering assistant – these are some of the Havering residents recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.

Hornchurch and Upminster MP Angela Watkinson has been made a Dame for public and political service.

Ms Watkinson has been an member of parliament since 2001, and stood down as a Conservative party whip in September, after nearly seven years in the role.

The former Havering and Essex County councillor has also been a school governor and was shadow education minister and shadow local government minister while the party was in opposition.

She told the Recorder: “This is most unexpected. Public service brings its own reward but to have it acknowledged in this way is a great honour.”

Shelagh Fay Deadman, from Hornchurch, children and young people’s inspection team leader at HM Inspector of Prisons, has been given an OBE.

Dr Madhu Lata Pathak JP, has been awarded an MBE for her services to the community in Romford.

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Hornchurch resident Alan Sanderson has been given an MBE for services to the energy industry. Mr Sanderson is the plant manager at Kingsnorth Power Station in Kent.

Romford resident Sandra Coats has been given the Empire Medal for services to Further Education. Mrs Coats is a catering assistant at Barking and Dagenham College.

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