Baroness Scot­land ally is in­ves­ti­gated over SEC­OND knight­hood af­ter he was told he shouldn’t call him­self ‘Sir’ in the UK

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL - By Ned Dono­van for The Mail On Sun­day

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)

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