MP Sir David Amess has been knighted by the Queen at a ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Sir David, Conservative MP for Southend West, was first elected to Westminster in 1983 as MP for Basildon.

He was awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list for political and public service and travelled to Windsor Castle to be formally knighted by the Queen in the Waterloo Chamber.

Sir David was knighted with a sword which once belonged to the Queen’s father, George VI.