(LONDON) JUST IN: A petition is calling for Sir Tony Blair to be stripped of an honour has hit 150,000 signatures according to MetroUK #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.02: The former prime minister has been appointed Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter: Bestowed by the Queen, the honour is the oldest and most senior in the British system, with just 21 people currently holding it.

#AceDailyNews says according to MetroUK News Report: Rumours are rife with 150,000 signing petition calling for Tony Blair to lose knighthood after news was announced in the New Year’s Honours list but critics of Sir Tony have responded angrilySunday 2 Jan 2022 10:36 am

Tony Blair and the Iraq War
The former prime minister has been given the highest honour that can be handed out by the Queen (Picture: Getty)

Despite garnering huge popularity while leader of the Labour party, Sir Tony’s reputation has been tarnished in the eyes of many by the decision to invade Iraq and Afghanistan.

A Change.org petition claims the ex-PM committed ‘war crimes’ and describes him as the ‘least deserving person of any public honour’.

The Chilcot Inquiry in 2016 found the Iraq mission began on the basis of intelligence which was ‘presented with a certainty that was not justified’ and before diplomatic options had been exhausted. 

The former prime minister has remained a decisive figure since he left Downing Street (Picture: PA)

Sir Tony described the honour as an ‘immense honour’ and thanked ‘all those who served alongside me in politics, public service and all parts of our society, for their dedication and commitment to our country’.

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle told the BBC it should be given to all ex-PMs including David Cameron because it is ‘one of the toughest jobs in the world’.

He said: ‘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.

File photo dated 11/12/01 of the then Prime Minister Tony Blair (left) greeting US Secretary of State Colin Powell outside 10 Downing Street in central London, ahead of a ceremony to mark three months since the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington DC. Colin Powell, the former US Joint Chiefs chairman and US secretary of state, has died from Covid-19 complications, his family has said. Issue date: Monday October 18, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story US Powell. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Tony Blair was criticised for backing a US push to depose Saddam Hussein (Picture: PA)

‘It is not about politics, it is about the position they have held in this country: It’s about the position and it’s the respect that we show to those people who’ve led this country.

‘And I think it’s a fitting tribute to the job they’ve carried out.’

Founded in 1348 by Edward III, the Garter is awarded by the sovereign for outstanding public service and achievement.

Sir Tony was one of three new appointments announced by the palace alongside Baroness Valerie Amos and the Duchess of Cornwall.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Jan.02: 2021:

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