Following his tenure as the longest serving Arts Minister in British political history, Ed Vaizey, Member of Parliament for Wantage and Didcot has today (12 October 2016) been officially sworn into Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council. The short ceremony was held at Buckingham Palace in the presence of Her Majesty.
Ed was appointed to the Privy Council following the resignation of David Cameron as Prime Minister, after serving 2255 days as a Minister at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The Privy Council formally advises the sovereign on the exercise of the Royal Prerogative, and issues executive instruments known as Orders in Council, which, among other powers, enact Acts of Parliament. Ed can now be addressed as The Right Honourable Ed Vaizey MP.
Following the ceremony, the now Right Honourable Ed Vaizey said:
“It is a great privilege to have been appointed to the Privy Council, and to have taken my Oath in front of Her Majesty the Queen. I will continue to serve my constituents as their elected MP, and will discharge all the duties required of Privy Councillors with diligence and care.”