VETERAN politician Bill Cash has spoken of his delight after being knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
The Cheadle and Stone MP has been recognised for 'political service' and is one of several backbenchers to feature on the list.
Best known for his opposition to EU integration, he has gone from being a leading rebel against the Maastricht Treaty in the 1990s to becoming chairman of the Commons' European scrutiny committee.
Sir Bill, who became an MP in 1984, initially representing Stafford, has championed many other local and national causes during his parliamentary career.
He said: "I am greatly honoured and delighted to receive this knighthood.
"Having been in the House for a long time, and having devoted so much of my time as a backbencher to my determination to uphold parliamentary sovereignty and to have a referendum on the Europe question and to oppose European integration, I believe we are now moving in the right direction."