FORMER Tory Party leader Iain Duncan Smith has been handed a knighthood in the New Year Honours.
That’s despite being a firm Brexiteer who was a thorn in the side of her Premiership.
Tory MP Bob Neill has also been made a Knight, and told The Sun his 95 year-old mother was “absolutely thrilled.”
The chairman of the Justice Select Committee in the last Parliament said: “It is an honour, and I’m delighted. I am genuinely really humbled by it.
“I’m especially delighted for the family, and especially my mum who is 95 who brought me up in a semi-detached house in Essex, and supported me in going to university and my career.
“She is absolutely thrilled; she is an old East End girl who believes in hard work.
“I also like to think this is recognition for my work on the Select Committees and for trying to be constructive politically.”
Opposition parties said it “beggared belief” that Sir Iain got the gong for his work creating the controversial Universal Credit system.
Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine said Sir Iain had been responsible for creating a welfare system in which people were expected to survive for weeks without payment, causing “untold stress”.
“It beggars belief that Iain Duncan Smith has been rewarded in the New Year’s Honours list,” she said.
“He is the architect of Universal Credit – a failed system that has left thousands of families struggling to pay bills and buy food.”
Labour MP Diana Johnson, who campaigned on behalf of victims of the NHS contaminated blood scandal, is made a dame.
The senior Labour MEP Claude Moraes, a long-standing campaigner for refugees and on justice and civil liberties issues, is made an OBE.