Honours system

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Alan Cumming hands back his OBE citing the ‘toxicity of empire’
Actor says recent conversations about role of monarchy ‘opened his eyes’ to suffering of Indigenous people around the world

Tim Jonze

27, Jan, 2023 @11:46 AM

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New year honours list includes outspoken critics of government
Chris Bryant and Julian Lewis receive knighthoods while Michael Marmot gets Companion of Honour

Peter Walker Political correspondent

30, Dec, 2022 @10:30 PM

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The honours system is difficult to get right | Letter
Letter: Sir Vernon Ellis, former chair of the arts and media honours committee, responds to a report that quoted remarks he made in a TV interview

27, Dec, 2022 @6:05 PM

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Honours committees ‘pressured by No 10 to reward Tory donors’
Former committee members tell Channel 4 News investigation of efforts made to persuade them to toe line

Nadeem Badshah

21, Dec, 2022 @11:48 PM

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Met takes no action over Tory lockdown event attended by Shaun Bailey
Former London mayoral candidate reportedly among allies who could become peers in Boris Johnson’s resignation honours list

Peter Walker Political correspondent

11, Nov, 2022 @1:39 PM

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Who has Boris Johnson nominated for peerages?
Ex-PM has selected more than a dozen of his closest allies to head to the Lords. Here are some of the key figures

Aletha Adu Political correspondent

08, Nov, 2022 @7:26 PM

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Elon Musk may be a rival for Ratner in brand destruction | Brief letters
Brief letters: Twitter troubles | I Spy in Yorkshire | Gavin Williamson’s defenestration | Dishonours system | Don’t forget the editor


08, Nov, 2022 @6:01 PM

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Cronyism, donors, wily MPs: Johnson’s honours glorify all that is wrong with his party | Marina Hyde
The scandals pile so high the Tories hope we can’t keep track of them. But outside the walls of Westminster, anger is mounting, says Guardian columnist Marina Hyde

Marina Hyde

08, Nov, 2022 @3:11 PM

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‘Don’t embarrass the king’: Liz Truss told to forgo a lengthy honours list
Former prime minister could be told to limit rewards for allies and friends after her disastrous seven-week tenure

Toby Helm Political editor

30, Oct, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Liz Truss aide Mark Fullbrook pushed for advisers to get honours
Exclusive: chief of staff said to have wanted ex-PM to sign off resignation honours list featuring her advisers

Pippa Crerar and Rowena Mason

25, Oct, 2022 @12:41 PM

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Two men questioned in cash-for-honours inquiry linked to King Charles’s charity
Met confirms two men interviewed under caution over allegations linked to Prince’s Foundation

Jamie Grierson and Robert Booth

23, Sep, 2022 @3:30 PM

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Dear King Charles, if you’re serious about reforming the monarchy, this is how to start | Stephen Bates
The hard work of being monarch now begins – and here are five things you can do right now to improve things, says former Guardian royal correspondent Stephen Bates

Stephen Bates

20, Sep, 2022 @1:25 PM

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