Former North Cornwall MP Lord Tyler has been appointed to the Privy Council.
The appointment is usually connected to a ministerial career but is exceptionally awarded to those with a long commitment to parliamentary service.
The news comes exactly 40 years after Paul Tyler was first elected to represent the former Bodmin constituency on February, 28, 1974. Tyler held the seat for eight months until October, when he increased his vote but not sufficiently to withstand the swing.
He continued campaigning in Cornwall, including as an MEP candidate in 1989 when he won nearly 70,000 votes.
His efforts were rewarded in 1992 when he defeated Conservative incumbent Gerry Neale to become MP for North Cornwall.
He was Liberal Democrat Agriculture spokesperson during the BSE crisis and became Liberal Democrat Chief Whip and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, and held the North Cornwall seat until 2005, when he was appointed a Liberal Democrat Working Peer in the House of Lords.
Lord Tyler will be returning to North Cornwall on March 29 to launch his book Who Decides? an examination of how decisions are taken in politics and in the wider world.
He said: “My time representing Cornwall in the Commons was the most rewarding of my life, and I feel lucky to have been able to do it, let alone be recognised for it in this way.
“I am looking forward to going to Buckingham Palace next week and to telling old friends and new all about it when I come to Wadebridge to launch my book at the end of March.”
Present North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson said: “Paul Tyler is widely respected by people across the political spectrum in North Cornwall as an assiduous and dedicated campaigner and local MP.
“ Since stepping down as our MP in 2005 he has continued to put his talents to good use serving as one the most active and influential members of the House of Lords.
“It is fitting that Lord Tyler will be going to Buckingham Palace on St Piran’s Day to be appointed to the Privy Council in recognition of his exceptional service on behalf of the people of North Cornwall and the whole country.”