Chi welcomes committee meeting that may finally strip Weinstein of Royal Honour
Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah has welcomed the upcoming Honours Forfeiture Committee meeting that may finally strip Harvey Weinstein of his CBE, following his conviction of three counts of sexual assault and rape in New York in March.
Ms Onwurah first wrote to the then Prime Minister Theresa May in 2017 and has since repeatedly written to the Honours and Appointments Secretariat demanding Weinstein be stripped of his honour, most recently in February this year.
Chi said “I am pleased that Mr Weinstein may finally been stripped of his CBE following his appalling crimes. It is about time that this action has been taken, three years after I first wrote to the Prime Minister and the MeToo movement spread across the world. This is not only an issue of justice for his victims, or the reputation of the UK honours system, it is also an issue of safety in the workplace: whether on a film set or a shop floor, the workplace must never be a safe space for sexual predators. I am glad that the decision to strip him of this honour may finally be taken this week.”
The government will be looking to remove the CBE as the Honours Forfeiture Committee is set to meet on Sept. 18 to discuss the recipients who have brought shame to the system.
Chi’s responses from the cabinet office: https://chionwurahmp.com/2017/10/seeking-cancellation-of-honorary-cbe-harvey-weinstein/
Chi’s letter to the secretariat: https://chionwurahmp.com/2019/05/8938/