Michael Cashman: Peerage 'huge and humbling honour'
8 August 2014 Last updated at 16:23 BST
A former MEP and EastEnders actor has described the announcement of his peerage as "a huge and humbling honour".
Michael Cashman is among 22 new peers announced by the government, including business woman and Apprentice TV show star Karren Brady and former Marks & Spencer chief Sir Stuart Rose.
Cashman, who is one of three new Labour peers, thanked those closest to him and said he was looking forward to "continuing the work he was passionate about", including "giving a voice to the voiceless".