Matthew Taylor, the former MP for Truro and St Austell who retired at the general election has been made a Lord in today's honours list. Many, many congratulations to him.
Matthew was the only Lib Dem MP in Cornwall from his by-election in 1986 until the election of Andrew George and Paul Tyler in 1992. During that time, and since, he has been a steadfast campaigner for Cornwall and I know he will continue to represent the interests of the Duchy in the Lords.
Matthew, who has also now taken up the post of chair of the National Housing Federation, joins Robin Teverson and Paul Tyler and Cornish Lib Dem Lords.
Also named in today's list is the former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Ken Macdonald and former Childrens TV presenter and education campaigner Floella Benjamin.