Baroness Scotland ally is investigated over SECOND knighthood after he was told he shouldn’t call himself ‘Sir’ in the UK
Baroness Scotland has become embroiled in a second honours scandal as it emerged that a man who referred to her as one of his ‘dear friends’ obtained a knighthood from a small island nation in the Caribbean which he has promised donations. The Commonwealth Secretary General is facing further embarrassment over her links to Anthony Bailey.
The Mail on Sunday has previously revealed allegations that Bailey used promises of donations and unofficial honours to obtain a knighthood in Antigua.
The former Labour Party donor has also been told by Buckingham Palace and the Foreign Office that he should not call himself ‘Sir’ in the UK.
Now a second knighthood he was granted by Grenada is being investigated, amid accusations that it violated the country’s laws.
Under the Grenadian Honours Act, only two people can receive knighthoods each year, but Bailey managed to obtain four for himself and his allies in one day.
Concerns have been raised over allegations that donations from a Catholic Order Bailey helped run directly resulted in the knighthoods – which an opposition politician said could have violated the Act.
Bailey, who runs the UK arm of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George, travelled throughout the Caribbean collecting honours in a handful of countries where the Order has promised donations.
He made 21 visits for the Order to the Caribbean, with Baroness Scotland accompanying Bailey on some of them as part of an ‘official delegation’.
In several of these countries, Bailey swapped medals and decorations with leading politicians, Grenada being one of them.
Baroness Scotland insisted she was “not involved in any decisions about honours”.
British citizens with foreign knighthoods are not allowed to use their titles in the UK.
But now an official request by Bailey to be allowed to do so has prompted scrutiny by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Bailey has previously prompted concern from the FCO, Buckingham Palace and the College of Arms after calling himself Sir Anthony.
And this summer, The Mail on Sunday revealed he has continued to use the title, with it even being displayed on his Royal Ascot badge.
Vincent Roberts, of Grenada’s opposition party, told The Mail on Sunday there were calls for an immediate review of the knighthoods, adding: “We are very concerned about this.”
A spokesman for Bailey said any queries about his knighthood should be directed to the British and Grenadian governments.
Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Scotland (right) is facing further embarrassment over her links to Anthony Bailey (left)