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The lawyer who wrote a “whitewash” report into David Cameron’s lobbying scandal has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Nigel Boardman, who is honoured tonight for “services to the legal profession”, said lobbying was “vital for the proper functioning of democracy” and defended Mr Cameron’s actions.

The former PM made around £3.3million from shares in the collapsed company Greensill capital, and he was accused of a “significant lack of judgement” by MPs.

But while the 141-page report said Mr Cameron “could have been clearer” about his relationship with the financier’s firm when he lobbied Government ministers on his behalf, it found the former PM had not broken “current lobbying rules.”

At the time Labour ’s Angela Rayner said: “This report was set up as a classic Boris Johnson cover-up and whitewash to protect the Government.”

David Cameron welcomed the report at the time, saying: “I am pleased that the report provides further confirmation that I broke no rules. It also makes plain that I was not responsible for bringing Lex Greensill into Government or any of the arrangements connected to this.”

Nigel Boardman, who is honoured tonight for “services to the legal profession” ( slaughterandmay.com)

Meanwhile, transport chief Bernadette Kelly was bestowed an honour as holidaymakers face chaos on the eve of the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend.

Government ministers blamed airlines for failing to prepare ahead of the holiday surge and “overselling” flights beyond their capacity to deliver.

Ms Kelly was the only Brit this year to be awarded a DCB.

Nicholas Coleridge chairman of the V&A museum was awarded a knighthood.

Mr Coleridge offered a private tour of the V&A museum as a prize in an auction to raise funds for the Conservative Party, according to Mail on Sunday reports.

Ben Elliot is a fundraiser for the Tory Party and a trustee of the V&A museum.

A veteran Labour MP and chair of the Commons Work and Pensions Committee has received a knighthood.

Stephen Timms has become a Knight Bachelor, 12 years after he was stabbed at a constituency surgery.

The Labour MP for East Hamm has been honoured for his political and public service, with his work as the Prime Minister’s trade envoy to Switzerland and Lichtenstein being highlighted as part of his work.

Former Tory minister Jeremy Wright was awarded a knighthood, days after calling for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign.

Mr Wright, former Attorney General said “with regret” that Mr Johnson should quit the “corrosive” Partygate scandal on Monday.

Six Government officials involved in the disastrous Afghanistan evacuation have been rewarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Dr Martin Longden, formerly charge d’affaires of the UK Mission to Afghanistan in Doha, has been made Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for services to British foreign policy, while five others have been made an OBE.

Six serving MPs were recognised in this year’s list, including former DUP leader Arlene Foster, Tory MP Maria Miller and Labour MP Nia Griffith.

Conservative MP Tracey Crouch, who chaired the fan-led review into English football, has been made a CBE and Tory MP for Kingswood Chris Skidmore has been made an MBE.

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