Knighthood Sir Tony Blair: Over One Million Sign Change.org Petition Calling For Ex-Prime Minister To Remove Honor | political news

More than a million people have signed a petition calling for Sir Tony Blair to have his knighthood removed.

The former Labor Prime Minister, who was in office between 1997 and 2007, was made a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter in the New Year Awards list.

However, there has been opposition to the nomination due to Sir Tony’s record at 10 Downing Street, including the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

More than a million people have signed the petition calling for Sir Tony Blair to be stripped of his knighthood
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More than a million people have signed the petition calling for Sir Tony Blair to be stripped of his knighthood

The petition on the Change.org website, started by Angus Scott, 55, of Norfolk, alleges that Sir Tony has “inflicted irreparable damage to both the Constitution of the United Kingdom and the fabric of the nation. society”.

“He was personally responsible for causing the deaths of countless innocent civilians and military personnel in various conflicts,” the petition adds.

“Here alone he should be held responsible for war crimes.

Tony Blair is the least deserving person of any public honour, especially anything bestowed by Her Majesty The Queen.

“We request the Prime Minister to request Her Majesty to have this honor taken away.”

By Friday evening, nearly 1,019,000 people had signed the online petition so far.

Mr Scott previously told supporters that we must all unite to get the petition over a million signatures to have any chance of having any effect.

Sir Tony’s predecessor as Prime Minister, Sir John Major, is also a Companion of the Order of the Garter, with the honor traditionally bestowed upon all former Prime Ministers.

There can be a maximum of 24 chaperones at a time.

The honor is a gift from the Queen and appointments are made without advice from the Prime Minister.

Pic: AP Britain's Queen Elizabeth travels in a horse-drawn carriage as she exits the annual Order of the Garter Service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Peter Nicholls/Poolfoto via AP)
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Queen makes appointments to the Order of the Garter without Prime Minister’s advice

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has said Sir Tony, one of his predecessors at the top of the party, had earned his knighthood for “made Britain a better country”.

However, Sir Keir said current Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not earned the right to an honour.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey has expressed concern that those calling for Sir Tony’s honor to be removed are “disrespectful” to the Queen.

“If the Queen wants to kick a politician or someone out of politics, I think we should respect Her Majesty,” he said.

It has been suggested that the two other living former prime ministers, Gordon Brown and Theresa May, could also be considered for the honor soon.

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