Sunday, 21 May 2017

Controversial figures could lose knighthoods under honours system overhaul, Prime Minister says



Public figures who fail to meet "standards of integrity" could be stripped of their knighthoods under new plans, Theresa May has said.
 
If re-elected, the Prime Minister said she would task the Cabinet Office with a review of the honours system to ensure it retains public confidence.


Her comments come after criticism of billionaire tycoon Sir Philip Green, who was accused of "beating BHS black and blue" after he sold the retailer to bankrupt businessman Dominic Chappell when it had a £571m pension deficit.


"What we've seen, sadly, is a limited number of instances where the public would feel that someone has been given an honour and then perhaps not met the standards of integrity that they would expect," Mrs May told the Sunday Telegraph.


"I think we just need to look at what should be done."


Decisions on revoking honours are currently taken behind closed doors by Cabinet Office committees, but the review could change that process.


Mrs May added that she would like to see the contributions of everyday heroes "properly recognised".


She said: "We see sportsmen and celebrities who make great contributions to our national life and to the standing of the United Kingdom.
 
 
"We also see people who work really hard in their local community, perhaps on a voluntary basis, making a real difference to people's lives."




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