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- Former prime minister of the United Kingdom (born 1953)
The news that Tony Blair is to receive a knighthood from the Queen in her New Year’s Honours list has unsurprisingly irked a few. In fact, some half a million people have already signed a petition calling on the knighthood to be rescinded, saying the former Labour PM caused “irreparable damage to both the constitution of the United Kingdom and to the very fabric of the nation’s society”.
The new petition claims that: “Tony Blair is the least deserving person of any public honour, particularly anything awarded by Her Majesty the Queen.”
However, this hasn’t been enough to dissuade current Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer from the merit of the knighthood, with the 59-year-old telling ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I don’t think it’s a thorny issue for me at all. Tony Blair deserves the honour, he won three elections, he was a very successful Prime Minister.
“I haven’t got time this morning to list all of his many achievements which I think vastly improved our country...the one I would pick out in particular would be the work he did in Northern Ireland and the peace process and the huge change that has made.”
The Labour leader added: “I respect the view of those who think differently, but it’s straightforward as far as I am concerned.”
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