Cameron says he will strip Jimmy Sav­ile of knight­hood


PRIME Min­is­ter David Cameron has vowed to do all he can to ‘fix it’ for shamed Jimmy Sav­ile to be stripped of his knight­hood.

Yes­ter­day po­lice re­vealed they have 120 leads from vic­tims and wit­nesses to his sex abuse and for­mer fans have called for his ti­tle to be re­moved.

When asked if Sav­ile should lose his knight­hood on ITV’s Day­break, Cameron, 46, said: “We have some­thing called a For­fei­ture Com­mit­tee.

“It is not chaired or sat on by me but it is re­spon­si­ble for look­ing at hon­ours and the re­moval of hon­ours and ob­vi­ously they have to do their job too.”

He added: “These sto­ries are deeply, deeply trou­bling and I hope ev­ery or­gan­i­sa­tion that has re­spon­si­bil­i­ties will have a proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion into what hap­pened, and if these things did hap­pen, and how they were al­lowed to hap­pen. And then of course, ev­ery­one has to take their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.”

A Tory in­sider added: “Have no doubt this is go­ing to hap­pen – but Mr Cameron can­not just de­mand things.

“They have to go through due process. But it will hap­pen – no-one’s go­ing to ar­gue against it are they?”


At present, a knight­hood only ap­plies when the per­son is alive and, as Sav­ile died aged 84 last year, in the­ory it doesn’t ex­ist.

A spokesman for the Cab­i­net Of­fice said: “It’s a liv­ing or­der and you cease to be a mem­ber when you die. There isn’t an hon­our to re­voke.”

The source added: Cameron knows he must do some­thing to show the gov­ern­ment recog­nises the mag­ni­tude of the claims be­ing made against Sav­ile.

“He can’t just go out there and say he will strip him of his knight­hood as there needs to be a change in the law, but he plans to do some­thing pretty dras­tic.”

A num­ber of women have come for­ward to say they were abused by Sav­ile fol­low­ing last week’s ITV1 Ex­po­sure doc­u­men­tary. FRED­DIE Starr, 69, has suf­fered heart pal­pi­ta­tions af­ter be­ing ac­cused of grop­ing a girl at a Jimmy Sav­ile sex party, ac­cord­ing to his fi­ancé So­phie Lea, 34.

He has vig­or­ously de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.

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