Leader of Southwark Council, Councillor Peter John has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
John responded to news that he had been selected for the title in the New Year hounours list 2016 for political services and services to local government.
He said: "It is hard to put into words how honoured and humbled I feel to be included in this year’s New Year honours. I often tell people that Southwark is the best borough in the best city in the world, and I am incredibly proud to serve this great community.
"Local government isn’t always recognised for all the good work it does, but being a council Leader is a hugely rewarding job, and I hope that people see today’s announcement as recognition for our borough as well."
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