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Morris Bright, Talking Pictures interviewer awarded MBE

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    Morris Bright, Talking Pictures interviewer awarded MBE

    Morris Bright has been made an MBE for services to local government.

    Politics runs in Mr. Bright’s blood: his paternal grandfather, Morris Blitz, was the first Jewish Mayor of Hackney in 1959, and his father, Jack, was a Liberal councillor in Hackney. " I suppose I have quite a lot to live up to," Mr Bright joked.

    Commenting on the award, he said: "I was very surprised, and humbled", adding that he was indebted to his colleagues. "You’re only as good as the people around you," he said.

    A local Conservative councillor on Hertsmere Borough Council since 1999, and council leader since 2007, Mr Bright has held a number of posts in the areas of culture, leisure, and community safety. His mantra, he said, was "to leave a place in a better condition than you find it".

    Mr Bright, who is also chairman of Elstree Studios and a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has written several works on the film industry, including a history of Pinewood Studios and books about the Carry On films.