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Music boss Jamal Edwards gets New Year Honours

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Media captionJamal Edwards, one of youngest people to be awarded an MBE

A young entrepreneur who has worked with a host of top music stars has joined many other Londoners in being recognised in the New Year Honours.

Jamal Edwards, 24, the founder of SBTV, a broadcasting company that makes videos typically featuring rap and pop stars, has been appointed MBE.

Also being honoured is the Met's outgoing Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, who becomes a CBE.

They join a host of charity, health and arts workers on the list.

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Image caption The creators of the popular Tower of London poppy display are appointed MBEs

These include the former Lord Mayor of London, Fiona Woolf, who was forced to resign as chair of the government's child sexual abuse inquiry because of her social links to ex-Home Secretary Lord Brittan, whose handling of abuse claims in the 1980s has been questioned.

She is appointed a dame commander for services to the legal profession, diversity and the City of London.

The act of honouring Ms Woolf was criticised by Simon Danczuk, Labour MP for Rochdale and a leading figure campaigning against child abuse cover-ups.

He said: "Fiona Woolf misled the Home Secretary over her links with Leon Brittan, caused unnecessary distress to victims of child abuse and caused a lengthy and avoidable delay to a very serious inquiry that urgently needs to get started.

"It seems inappropriate that she's now being invited to Buckingham Palace to pick up one of the highest honours."

But Baroness Butler-Sloss, her predecessor in the inquiry who was also forced to step down over similar concerns, dismissed the criticism, saying: "She was Lord Mayor of London; she is only the second woman ever to be Lord Mayor of London.

"The very least that the honours system could do would be to honour a woman who has got such a distinguished post."

Marathon runner

Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, the creators of the Tower of London poppies display, have both been appointed MBEs.

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Media captionTom Piper, theatrical designer: "It became a piece of theatre"

Mr Cummins said he felt "taken aback and extremely happy to receive this unexpected honour".

Fauja Singh, a 103-year-old marathon runner from Ilford in east London, is awarded the British Empire Medal for services to sport and charity.

His trainer, Harmander Singh, said the runner felt "so energised and enthusiastic and inspired by this (the honour) he will put in extra effort to become more active."

Designer Mary Quant, who is widely credited with popularising the mini-skirt, becomes a dame in recognition of services to British fashion.

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Image caption Mary Quant, pictured here in 1967, was a pioneering fashion designer in the 1960s

'Over the moon'

Mr Edwards launched his business when he was 15 by uploading clips onto You Tube of his friends performing on the estate where he lived in Acton, west London.

His meteoric rise has seen him turn from an amateur filmmaker to a media boss worth £8m and has seen him work with a host of stars including Ed Sheeran, Jessie J and Emeli Sande.

Of his honour, he said: "I'm overwhelmed. My gran doesn't know yet. My mum and dad know but that's it.

"She (his grandmother) is going to be the most over the moon. I want her to see it before I tell her."


Other Londoners honoured include:

Dr Anthony Everington, chair of NHS Tower Hamlets clinical commissioning group, is made a knight for services to primary care while the Lord Lieutenant of London, Sir David Brewer, is made a commander of the Victorian order.

Professor Eileen Sills, the chief nurse and director of patient experience at Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust, is made a dame for services to nursing while actress Kristin Scott Thomas receives the same honour.

Londoners being appointed CBEs include the Recorder of London, Judge Brian Barker; Dr Michelle Dix, the managing director of planning for Transport for London and Judith Kelly, the Southbank Centre's artistic director.

Those appointed OBE include Diana Beattie, the director of London Heritage Trust; stage and set designer Es Devlin, Stephen Guyon, lead for rough sleeping for the government's communities department; Laura Marks, the founder of Mitzvah Day; Joseph Seeling, the founder of the London International Mime Festival and Peter Truesdale, former councillor at Lambeth Council.

Notable MBEs are Carole Atkinson, volunteer with the Met Police; Irene Beschizza, who runs the Guides club in Hither Green; Pastor Gbolahan Brige, a volunteer maths teacher in Dagenham; Rabbi Barry Marcus, for Holocaust education and the founder of Blink Brow Bar, Vanita Parti, who is recognised for her work in helping street children in India.

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