Nearly 50 MPs have publicly voiced their support to strip Sir Philip Green of his knighthood ahead of tomorrow’s debate.
Tory MP Richard Fuller, alongside independent MP Michelle Thompson have urged the Honours Forfeiture Committee to recommend Green’s title be revoked and for the issue to be included in tomorrow’s debate.
47 MPs, including ex-cabinet minister Alex Salmond, much of the SNP and other former front benchers from Conservative and Labour parties have pledged their support for Fuller and Thompson’s calls for an amendment to the debate.
Let’s put the question to you, our readers. Do you think Sir Philip Green deserves to have his knighthood stripped?
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If successful, the amended motion will read “(This House) noting that Philip Green received his knighthood for his services for the retail industry, believes his actions raise the question of whether he should be allowed to continue to be a holder of the honour and calls on the Honours Forfeiture Committee to recommend his knighthood be cancelled and annulled.”
Speaker John Bercow holds the final decision on whether the motion is included and a vote is held in the House of Commons, but even if the vote is held it would be non-binding.
Frank Field’s original motion for tomorrow’s debate focuses on Green’s handling of BHS prior to selling it for £1, and his responsibility to fulfil his promise to fund the pensions deficit which stands at over half a billion pounds. Green’s net worth is roughly £4.2 billion.
The original motion states: “That this House notes the recent joint report by the Business, Innovation and Skills and the Work and Pensions Committees on BHS.
“(This House) endorses that report’s criticisms of the governance of the company and of the holding company, Taveta Investments Limited.
“(This House) believes that the sale of the company to Retail Acquisitions Limited for £1 was clearly not in the interests of British Home Stores’ employees and pensioners.
“(This House) notes the failure of Sir Philip Green over many years to resolve the deficit in the BHS pension fund; and calls on him to fulfil his promise to do so forthwith.”