Ken Livingstone: ‘Politicians should be ruled out’ of making the Honours list

Ken Livingstone: ‘Politicians should be ruled out’ of making the Honours list

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone has said that politicians should not be allowed to receive honours after Conservative MP John Redwood was given a knighthood in this year’s Honours list.

Redwood will be honoured alongside Conservative former minister Gary Streeter and Labour’s deputy chief whip Alan Campbell.

Livingstone told talkRADIO’s James Whale: “To have honours for someone in the fire brigade, police or NHS, who have done wonderful things is fine.

“Politicians should just be ruled out and not just politicians but millionaires, because if you want a knighthood or be a lord, you just give the Labour Party, Tory Party or Lib Dems a million pounds and you will get one.”

Alongside the MPs, 43 people have been recognised for their contributions during terror attacks in Manchester and London in 2017.

The British divers who helped save a youth football team from a flooded cave in Thailand will also be decorated.


'Completely wrong' 

John Redwood, the MP for Wokingham, will receive a knighthood as part of this year's Honours list. 

Livingstone described Redwood being knighted as “bizarre”.

 “It is bizarre but if you are the leader of the Labour Party or Tory Party then you can nominate people for all these things and it goes through,” he said.

“It is completely wrong.”

An independent committee makes the decisions on awards for political and public service, though some Conservative and Labour figures sit on the body.

The committee is chaired by Conservative peer Lord Sherbourne, but also has many members who are not affiliated to any political party.