Knighthood for Thatcher's former secretary Edward Leigh

Edward Leigh MP Edward Leigh has been an MP for 30 years

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Margaret Thatcher's former private secretary is following in his father's footsteps in receiving a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Conservative MP Edward Leigh worked in the private office of the former prime minister while she was leader of the opposition in 1976/7.

He was in charge of her correspondence.

Mr Leigh, who is married with six children and is a qualified barrister, has been an MP for 30 years.

He was chair of the Public Accounts Committee between 2001 and 2010.

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