Simon was at Buckingham Palace today (Tuesday 10th November) for an investiture ceremony to receive his knighthood for public and political service from Her Majesty The Queen.
He said: "It was a privilege to accept the honour from The Queen. I was given the chance to go to the Lords, which I declined because I had always said I didn't agree with the idea of an unelected chamber passing laws. And I expected that would be the end of that, period.
"But then the honour was offered and I thought on behalf of my community I wanted to accept it. I have been privileged to live in Camberwell and Bermondsey since 1977 and I had the most wonderful time as the Member of Parliament and as the deputy leader and president of my party. I was privileged to be a minister for justice and civil liberties. So I thought the community, in a way, also would celebrate and be able to enjoy it."
After his trip to the Palace, Simon returned to Bermondsey with his knighthood by boat, reversing the journey he took from his constituency to Westminster when he first took the seat in 1983.