I'm a knight, but call me George
delighted Reid insist clacks people need not adhere to new 'sir' title
THE Lord Lieutenant of Clackmannanshire has been knighted for "services to Scottish Politics and Public Life".
The Rt Hon George Reid (73) picked up the title in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
The Tullibody-born man said, "While it is not going to change my lifestyle, it is pleasant to have such recognition of all I have tried to do over the past four decades at home and abroad.
"I am very conscious that anything I have achieved would not have been possible without the support of the people of Clackmannanshire."
As he is already a Privy Councillor to the Queen he will now officially be known as The Rt Hon Sir George Reid and his wife as Lady Reid.
But, he added, "We are perfectly content for people in the Wee County to continue to call us George and Daphne."
Mr Reid has served as an MP and an MSP - most recently for Ochil between 2003 and 2007 when he was Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament. He was also an Independent Adviser on the Scottish Ministerial Code between 2008 and 2011.
Between his time involved in politics he spent 12 years as a director of the International Red Cross in Geneva serving in wars and disasters around the world.
Since his retirement from politics, he has led strategic reviews of governance in the Northern Ireland Assembly, of the National Trust for Scotland, and of Remuneration and Pensions in Wales.
Clackmannanshire Council offered its congratulations. Provost Tina Murphy said, "This is such a well deserved honour, not just for Sir George, but for the whole of the county. Sir George is a man who has given outstanding service to the community and in public service over a great number of years and we are delighted he has received
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 20 Jun 12
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Jun 21, 10:20
Jun 21, 21:31
I totally agree with hazelkaye.
He was the best MP we ever had. He actually put the public first. Many in public office could learn from his example.
Many congratulations Sir George.
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