Joan Ruddock from CND to DBE

Brockley Central has already been flooded by forelock-tugging proles, offering their congratulations to Joan Ruddock, MP for Lewisham Deptford, who has been made a Dame in the New Year's Honours List.

The former CND activist is now, formally, Dame Joan Ruddock, DBE, MP.

Also honoured were Lewisham's Raymond Warburton (OBE), Senior Team Leader for the NHS Equality Team and Jean Gross (OBE), England's Communication Champion for Children, whose office was shut down today. Catford's Pauline Nandoo received an MBE for her work for the Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers.