It was announced in May 2015 that Mr Pickles would receive a knighthood for his services to local government in the Cabinet, as an MP, and before that in local government.
Following his investiture, at a reception hosted at the Speaker’s Apartments in the Houses of Parliament, Sir Eric was presented with a plaque stating that in his honour a garden of trees will be planted by CFI in the Lord Sacks Forest in Jerusalem.
Prime Minister David Cameron addressed Mr Pickles at the reception, expressing his appreciation for the newly knighted MP for Brentwood and Ongar. The vote of thanks was given by CFI’s Honorary President, Lord Polak of Hertsmere CBE, who first took Sir Eric to Israel in 1994.
Sir Eric was appointed as UK Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues in September 2015, and also works as the Government’s Anti-Corruption Champion.
He has been the Parliamentary Chairman of CFI since May 2015, following the General Election.