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UK PM accused of ‘climatism’ for Knight Party donors

UK PM accused of ‘climatism’ for Knight Party donors

Rishi Sunak announced a surprise round of honorees, including Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Mansour

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is facing backlash and accusations of cronyism over his decision to award a knighthood to one of the Conservative Party’s biggest donors, who has donated millions of pounds.

Sunak announced his “Easter honors list” on Thursday, a move many consider unusual because it was made outside the traditional rounds of honors that are given on New Year’s Day or the King’s birthday.

Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Mansour was also on the list, which included a number of Conservative MPs, several figures involved in artificial intelligence work and Oscar-winning film director Christopher Nolan.

Mansour, who has served as the Conservative Party’s chief treasurer since 2022, is a vocal supporter of the prime minister. Last year he gave the Conservatives 5 million pounds ($6.3 million), the biggest donation they have received in more than two decades. Mansour’s knighthood was awarded for “commercial, charitable and political services.”

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However, the newly minted title of billionaire has raised eyebrows among British political figures, with some accusing Sunak of blatant “climatism.”

“The nation is sick of the Tories and their obscene cronyism. Give them a few million pounds and a peerage or knighthood is yours. The whole thing stinks like rotting fish, from the head up.” Reform UK leader Richard Tice told The Telegraph.

Labor leader Anneliese Dodds expressed a similar view, telling Sky News it showed “Glorious disrespect for office [that Sunak] should feel privileged to hold,” he adds that giving money should not be “automatic pass” to knighthood.

Conservative peer Lord Robert Haywood also warned that the public would “unhappy” with Sunak’s move. “The problem is that you have people who are real philanthropists who also give money to a political party, and that’s where the line doesn’t differ.” he said.

The Telegraph noted that “very unusual” the decision to bestow the honor before the Easter break is likely to fuel speculation that the prime minister may call a summer snap election, with the knighthood seen as an attempt to boost his party’s support.

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