Downing Street refused to say whether Sir Philip Green could lose his knighthood after he was revealed to be the businessman accused of sexual harassment, bullying and racism.
On Thursday, Lord Peter Hain used parliamentary privilege to reveal that the allegations had been made about Green.
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Earlier in the week, the Telegraph reported that they had been investigating the allegations for some months but were prevented from reporting the details or the name of the accused because of an injunction.
Green “categorically denies” any wrongdoing.
'Punish bad behaviour'
Since it became clear that Green was the person the allegations related to, several prominent figures including Vince Cable and Sadiq Khan have called for him to have his title revoked.
“If these allegations are correct, he should certainly be stripped of his knighthood,” Cable said.
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Mr Khan said: “You give knighthoods to those who have served our community and society. But I think just in the same way you reward good behaviour, I think you should punish bad behaviour”.
Prime Minister Theresa May's spokeswoman says the Honours Forfeiture Committee, which is under the jurisdiction of the Cabinet Office, “is independent and continually reviews evidence” when asked whether Green could be stripped of his knighthood.
The committee is an ad-hoc assembly that convenes at the Prime Minister’s request to consider whether to revoke a title.
They must then recommend the revocation to the Queen, who is the only person with the authority to remove a knighthood.