Mr Speaker welcomes Mohammed Amal (Kamal) El-Hajji

I am pleased to be able to announce to the House that, following fair and open competition, Her Majesty The Queen has graciously accepted my recommendation that Mr Mohammed Amal (Kamal) El-Hajji to be appointed to the post of Serjeant at Arms with effect from 1 February.

Mr El-Hajji has been the Head of Front of House and VIP Relations at the Ministry of Justice since 2010 and he has also held a number of administrative and security roles in the Department of Constitutional Affairs and the Ministry of Justice since 2001.

In addition to being trained in the martial arts and a recipient of the British Empire Medal, Mr El-Hajji will be the first person of a BME background to hold the post of Serjeant at Arms.