Nigel Farage slates New Year Honours list for rewarding 'the Establishment'

Posted on Dec 31 2017 - 10:40am by admin

Three members of the 1922 Committee of backbench MPs are on the list. Chairman Graham Brady and treasurer Geoffrey CliftonBrown are honoured with a knighthood.

Vice-chairwoman Cheryl Gillan is made a dame. Former Tory minister Christopher Chope also received a knighthood. All four Conservative MPs supported Leave.

Former deputy prime minister and Remain campaigner Nick Clegg will receive a knighthood.

Of the Tory MPs, MEP Mr Farage said: “It’s services to the Establishment in a sense.

“I suppose it’s a relief to see any Leavers on the list – previously there haven’t been any.

“But I don’t think it’s a reward for Brexit but a reward for work for the party. The Government’s priority is keeping the party together.”

Labour MP Jack Dromey tweeted: “Theresa May hands out honours to cronies but not one of the heroes of Grenfell Tower or the terrorist attacks is recognised.”

However, the Cabinet Office said they are expected to be honoured in the future.

In other awards, ex-Beatle Ringo Starr and Bee Gee Barry Gibb received knighthoods while Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell, 48, was made a dame.

War Horse author Michael Morpurgo was knighted for his charity work.

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