13th September 2019
“The Queen has been pleased to approve that Alec Shelbrooke MP be sworn of Her Majesty’s most Honourable Privy Council.” – No.10 Downing Street.
The Privy Council is a formal body of advisers to The Queen. Its membership is mainly senior politicians who are current or former members of the House of Commons or the House of Lords.
The Privy Council formally advises The Queen on the exercise of the Royal Prerogative, and issues executive instruments known as Orders in Council, which among other powers enact Acts of Parliament approved by both Houses of Parliament.
Members of the Privy Council take the title ‘The Right Honourable’, a title bestowed by Her Majesty and retained for life.