The Home Office’s top civil servant was awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours for managing a division that was unable to control the influx of illegal immigrants entering the country this year.
Since becoming the department’s permanent secretary in March 2020, Matthew Rycroft has seen a rise in the number of migrants entering the country illegally.
According to official figures, illegal immigration to the UK reached record highs in each of the three years, rising to about 46,000 in 2022 from 29,000 in 2021 and 8,400 in 2020.
Several times, Mr Rycroft has been singled out.
Under his direction, there have been substantial backlogs in the processing of passport applications, and in November, one immigrant died at the Manston processing centre in Kent as a result of concerns of illness outbreaks and overcrowding.
Sir Thomas has been made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Bath.
The Order of St. Michael and St. George was presented to Lord Sedwill, the cabinet secretary under Theresa May and afterwards Boris Johnson.
Awarded for his service to the Crown was Jason Knauf, a former member of staff who claimed the Duchess of Sussex had bullied him.
Both Chris Bryant, the Labour head of the parliamentary committees on standards and privileges, and Julian Lewis, the Tories’ chairman of the House of Commons intelligence and security committee, received knighthoods.
The New Year Honours also included a mention for Alok Sharma, the head of the United Nations Climate Change Conference that took place in Glasgow in 2021.