Petition to strip Sir Tony Blair of knighthood surpasses 370,000 signatures

Labour’s longest-serving Prime Minister was awarded the Order of the Garter in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle ( Image:
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A petition to strip Sir Tony Blair of the knighthood given to him by the Queen in the New Year honours list has reached over 370,000 signatures.

Labour’s longest-serving Prime Minister was appointed as a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the oldest and most senior British Order of Chivalry.

It is an honour regularly bestowed on former premier and entirely within Her Majesty’s gift – so not awarded on the advice of the Government.

But the move has led to a huge backlash, with scores pointing to his decision to take Britain to war in Iraq.

Angus Scott launched the petition on Change.org shortly after news broke.

He wrote: ‘ Tony Blair is to be knighted with the highest possible ranking in the new year honours list, Buckingham Palace has said.

“Sir Tony, who held the keys to No 10 between 1997 and 2007, will be appointed a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the oldest and most senior British Order of Chivalry.

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