MPs call for shredding of ex-RBS chief's knighthood

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Man pretending to be Sir Fred GoodwinDisgraced ex-RBS chief Sir Fred Goodwin could finally face the ignominy of seeing his knighthood shredded after MPs across the political spectrum began lobbying for its removal.

Politicians have voiced their disgust that the man who was knighted by former PM Gordon Brown 'for services to banking' still retains his title after the Financial Services Authority (FSA) published its damning assessment of the collapse of the bank in December 2011.

Cross-party MPs lined up to unleash their frustration. Tory MP Matthew Hancock was quoted as saying: "No-one has ever presided over a bigger corporate disaster that has implications for every single family in Britain than Fred Goodwin."

Labour shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry said "honours are supposed to be for people who deserve them, and he doesn't", while Liberal Democrat peer Lord Oakeshott condemned his credentials. He told the Daily Mail: "We all know the cost of his services to banking. If ever there was a case for someone to be stripped of his knighthood, it is Sir Fred Goodwin who ran RBS into the ground and cost every taxpayer in this country £40bn and counting."

The decision to consign Goodwin's knighthood to the bin will lie with the Commons' Forfeiture Committee, which in the past has stripped titles from Zimbawean despot Robert Mugabe, and boxer Prince Nazeem Hamed after his conviction for dangerous driving.

PM David Cameron and the Coalition will be haunted by RBS's legacy again in coming weeks when the final decision on this year's round of bonuses at RBS will rear its head. Stephen Hester, the current RBS chief executive, is expected to receive a bonus worth between £1.2m-£1.5m based on the six million share allocation for 2011.

This is a 25% drop from the £2.04m he accepted last year, but with the bank still 83% owned by the state and its share price down 41% in the past 12 months, the public may expect him to waive any award or face yet more fury.



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