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Knighthood for Charles Stanley’s Redwood in New Year’s Honours

Westiminster houses of parliamentCharles Stanley investment committee chair and MP John Redwood has been knighted in the New Year’s Honours list among a number of notable figures from the world of finance.

The Brexiteer MP was given a knighthood for political and public service.

Redwood is paid £49,500 a quarter for his 75 hours of work in his second job at Charles Stanley, and has been a key figure in the political establishment for several decades, including running against John Major for the Conservative leadership in 1995.

London Stock Exchange chairman Donald Brydon was knighted for services to business and charity while chairman of UK Financial Investments – the company set up to help the government wind down its interest in RBS – James Leigh-Pemberton received a knighthood for services to financial services, British industry and government.

HMRC chief executive Jonathan Thompson received an Order of the Bath for his public service.

Department for Work and Pensions director Julie Gillis, who lead the DWP’s pensions dashboard feasibility study, was also recognised for her public service.

Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee external member Ian McCafferty also received accolades for his services for the economy, as did National Savings and
Investments finance director Rodney Norman, who was recognised for services to taxpayers.



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  1. How does this man represent what Britain wants to portray to the rest of the world? A perfect award to display the cronyism of the honours system.

  2. I can’t think of a single reason why John Redwood should get a knighthood, apart from being a disillusioned nationalist and needing to encourage him to vote for May’s pathetic ‘deal’.

    • Read his latest blog Mr Sourpuss and you will find he has no intention of voting for the deal. Follow him in the Commons and understand his belief in democracy and the UK and you will understand the knighthood is thoroughly deserved.

  3. Anyone who has already had the benefit of a public profile and substantial wealth from their careers or the PR from high profile charity work shouldn’t be given an honour. Keep it only for the ordinary people who don’t get fame and/or fortune from their endeavours. This would put an end to the constant scandals, awards that should never have been given (Jimmy Savile, Philip Green to name but two) and general abuse of the honours system each year by whoever is in power.

  4. Apart from anything else- can anyone remember his frankly risible attempt at miming along to the Welsh national anthem when he was parachuted in as Welsh Secretary? He is a complete joke. As is the entire ruling party and their incessant infighting at a time when clear direction and leadership are most needed.

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