I feel ‘responsibility’ of knighthood in New Year Honours

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Rachel Riley, the Countdown star, has been made an MBE for her efforts to raise awareness of the Holocaust and combat anti-Semitism.

The television presenter and mathematician, whose mother is Jewish, has been a vocal critic of Labour’s handling of alleged anti-Semitism within the party as well its former party leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

Riley faced a string of online rows over anti-Semitism and also won tens of thousands of pounds in damages.

Anne Diamond, who campaigned to stop cot death, has described being made an OBE as the “crowning achievement” for all those who helped her.

The broadcaster, 68, who has been named in the New Year Honours for services to public health and charity, dedicated the achievement to her late son Sebastian.

She said: “This OBE is literally a crowning achievement to everyone who helped me and upon whose groundbreaking research my campaign was based.”

Janet Kay, the 64-year-old actress and singer whose 1970s Lovers Rock chart hit Silly Games introduced the lovers’ rock form of reggae to a generation, has been made an MBE for services to music.

Comedian Frank Skinner has been made an MBE for services to entertainment. He first performed a stand-up gig in 1987 and has since become one of Britain’s most famous comics.

His partnership with fellow comic David Baddiel produced the hit England football song Three Lions, which they first wrote for the 1996 European Championships and is now one of the country’s best-loved anthems.

Virginia McKenna, the actress and pioneering wildlife campaigner, will receive a damehood for her services to animal conservation.

Founded in 1984, her Born Free Foundation campaigns to free animals from captivity and protect endangered species and natural habitats.

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