BHS ‘billionaire spiv’ Philip Green set to join this dirty dozen stripped of their honours

Sir Philip Green has been humbled in Parliament after MPs approved a motion recommending the former BHS owner be stripped of his knighthood.

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Sir Philip Green: MPs approve stripping BHS ex-chief of knighthood

MPs have backed a call for former BHS owner Sir Philip Green to be stripped of his knighthood.

The motion is not binding as any final decision would have to be taken by the Honours Forfeiture Committee.

BHS was sold by Sir Philip last year, but then collapsed with the loss of 11,000 jobs and carrying a £571m pension deficit.

MPs backed the non-binding motion unopposed, meaning no full vote was needed.

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Which Sirs have had their knighthoods taken away?

Becoming a knight is one of the highest honours bestowed in the UK and not one anyone plans on giving away – but history shows it does not always work out for the honourees.

If a recipient’s subsequent behaviour does not uphold the title, the government will act, having the power to take the knighthood away and publish the decision in the London Gazette for all to see.

MPs have now backed calls for Sir Philip Green to be stripped of his honour after the collapse of BHS. If that happens, he would not be the first on the list that no Sir or Dame wants to join. We take a look at some of the highest profile falls from grace.

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