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Over 200,000 back petition to stop Stanley Johnson knighthood

More than 200,000 people have backed The Independen­t’s petition calling for Rishi Sunak to block Boris Johnson’s plans to grant his father an honour. The former prime minister put his father Stanley forward as part of his resignatio­n honours list, having previously gifted his brother, Jo Johnson, a life peerage as Baron Johnson of Marylebone.

Mr Johnson’s plan has been dubbed “completely outrageous” by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, with former Brexit secretary David Davis also calling it a “ridiculous” and “corrosive” move.

On Tuesday morning, The Independen­t launched a petition calling on the prime minister to block Mr Johnson from giving his father the honour. In under two days, 200,000 people have backed the petition.

A number of signatorie­s commented to say Mr Johnson’s plan was “unacceptab­le”. “It seems an abuse of power and privilege,” one wrote, while another commented: “To allow this to go ahead would further undermine the public’s confidence in the honours system.”

Notorious prisoner Charles Bronson has post-traumatic stress disorder after enduring “brutal and unacceptab­le” treatment behind bars, a psychologi­st told his parole hearing. The second day of Bronson’s parole review heard that one of the UK’s longest-serving prisoners holds “anti-authoritar­ian views” and is “suspicious” of the motives of others.

Three parole judges – who have not been publicly named – are considerin­g his case at HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes, Buckingham­shire, while members of the press and public watched the proceeding­s on a live-stream from the Royal Courts of Justice in central London.

Bronson likened his experience in front of the Parole Board to being on The Apprentice and, inviting the panel to view his art, said each work is a “piece of me”. An independen­t psychologi­st employed by Bronson’s legal team told the hearing: “He feels like the whole system is about humiliatin­g and degrading him.”

 ?? ?? The I ndependent has l aunched a petition against the former PM’s father being knighted (Getty)
The I ndependent has l aunched a petition against the former PM’s father being knighted (Getty)

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