“I was honoured and delighted to hear from the Order of St John that I have been admitted as a Commander in the Order,” said James Gray MP, speaking after the announcement had appeared in the London Gazette.

“Her Majesty the Queen, the Sovereign Head of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem has been graciously pleased to sanction James Gray MP’s admission as a Commander in the said Most Venerable Order with effect from 24 August 2020.”

The Order of St John, as well as preserving the Mediaeval traditions of the Order, is the body which oversees the St John Ambulance.

“Quite aside from the honour itself, I am very much looking forward to doing what I can to help the Order, and St John Ambulance, both on the ground and in Parliament," said Mr Gray. "As we all know St John do great work in training First Aid, as well as providing Ambulance and Emergency services at events and elsewhere. They have been very actively involved at the frontline of the battle against the Covid Pandemic. They do great work, and I look forward to getting involved in different aspects of it.”