Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has been given one of the top honours for a politician.
The Labour member has been appointed to Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council and was sworn in as a member last week.
Mr Campbell said: “I am delighted to be appointed to the Privy Council.
“As an assiduous constituency MP, inevitable experience draws some MPs into being ministers and then in my case opposition deputy chief whip.
“Privy councillorships are often, but not exclusively, given to senior politicians and are a recognition of their service and I am deeply honoured to be chose for appointment.”
Mr Campbell is the second active politician in the area to serve on the Privy Council alongside Newcastle East MP Nick Brown.
The Privy Council, which goes back to the earliest days of the monarchy, meets on average once a month but most of its business is discussion and correspondence between its ministerial members and the government departments that advise them.
Those appointed to the Privy Council will become the ‘Rt Honourable’ for the rest of their lives.