Several petitions to have the former PM’s inclusion in the New Year Honours list overturned have been created on the change.org site.
More than 300,000 names have been signed on the petition on the platform last night. Another on the same site is approaching 26,000, while a further counts more than 12,200 signatures.
Amongst other reasons, those in support cited his decision to launch military action in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some parents of military personnel killed after Blair ordered the deployment of UK troops in the US-led invasion have hit out at the decision to appoint him a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, which is the oldest and most senior British Order of Chivalry.
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Made by the Queen, the designation has been given to former PMs, with John Major the last to receive it. On BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle said all former prime ministers should receive the honour.
He stated: “Whatever people might think, it is one of the toughest jobs in the world and I think it is respectful and it is the right thing to do, whether it is to Tony Blair or to David Cameron. They should all be offered that knighthood when they finish as prime minister. I would say if you’ve been prime minister of this country, I do believe the country should recognise the service they’ve given.
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