UK Honours System

British Empire Medal Awarded To 'Big Society' Volunteers

Posted 16.06.2012 | UK Politics

A medal known as the 'working class gong' that was scrapped in 1992 has been revived and awarded to 'ordinary' people across the country today, in rec...

The British Empire Medal Strikes Back

William Hanson | Posted 15.08.2012 | UK
William Hanson

The Prime Minister David Cameron has revived the Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service... or, to the common man, the British Empire Medal. Although it has always been awarded in other Commonwealth countries, former premier John Major decided to scrap it during his tenure at Downing Street on the basis that it was helping fuel a class-riddled society.

Honours Controversies: Britain's Biggest Snubs

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Huxley | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK Politics

The government has officially released a list of 277 rebels who refused honours between the years 1951 and 1999. The names were released after an F...

'There's Bound To Be Suspicion': Honours Controversy Reignited

PA | Posted 04.01.2012 | UK Politics

Political parties' reliance on large donations from individuals or trade unions means there is "bound to be suspicion" about honours and other favours...