Government minister Margot James who spent two-years as business minister has said today that Topshop boss, Sir Philip Green is not “worthy” of his knighthood.
James said that Sir Philips behaviour towards colleagues along with his handling over the BHS pension’s scandal, means there is a “real possibility” of Sir Philip losing his knighthood, amid growing pressure for him to be stripped of the title.
James who is now the digital minister said, “I feel he is not worthy of a knighthood. The way he’s tried to silence the Daily Telegraph and pay people off instead of being held to account sounds like a cover for gross misconduct.
“That, on top of the pensions debacle and sale of BHS, all adds up to a situation where I imagine the forfeiture of his knighthood must be a real possibility.”
It has been alleged that Sir Philip subjected his employees to sexist, racist and physical abuse, previously he stopped the Telegraph from publishing these allegations six months ago through a High Court injunction.
Friday Sir Philip ended his action against the newspaper as it was formally ended in the High Court.
Sir Philip denies the allegations and his solicitors said he is a “passionate businessman, who can at times be over-exuberant and hot-headed.”
This could have been “perceived at times as aggressive with senior and trusted staff.”