PUBLISHED: 13:23 02 January 2018
Hertsmere Council’s leader has said he is “deeply honoured” after being recognised for his contribution to local government.
Cllr Morris Bright, who is also a county councillor for Potters Bar West and Shenley, was granted an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
He was first elected to the borough council in 1999 before becoming leader in 2007, and also spent six years as Community Safety portfolio holder, during which he oversaw the introduction of PSCOs in Hertsmere.
“I am humbled and deeply honoured to have received an MBE from HM The Queen in the New Year Honours,” Cllr Bright told the WHT.
“I am moved by all the good wishes that have come through from both staff and elected members from several tiers of local government and from all political parties.”
The Potters Bar representative has also been a county councillor since 2009, and is the deputy cabinet member for resources after previously holding deputy roles in community safety and in education.
He added: “I am only as good as the people around me, and in Hertsmere’s case I really have had the very best to assist and guide me through almost 20 years on the council and 10 years as leader.
“I am grateful to all who work with me to try and make Hertsmere the best place it can be.”
Hertsmere Council’s chief executive Donald Graham said: “The award of an MBE to Morris recognises his many years of outstanding service to local communities here in Hertsmere, both as a borough councillor and, over the past decade, as leader of the council.
“Morris is a highly committed and diligent politician who is dedicated to public service.
“He is recognised across the region as a leading councillor and community advocate.
“I’m pleased to see his hard work here in Hertsmere being acknowledged in this way.”