Honours committee is planning to remove 'Empire' from OBE and MBE

Honours committee is planning to remove 'Empire' from OBE and MBE after Black Lives Matter movement highlighted links to slavery Black Lives Matter movement reignited debate over the OBE and MBE awards  Members of honours committee are considering the removal of word 'Empire' Recent protests have highlighted Empire's association with brutality and slavery

By Sophie Tanno For Mailonline

Published: 08:48 BST, 20 September 2020 | Updated: 08:56 BST, 20 September 2020

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Members of the honours committee are considering whether to eliminate the word 'Empire' from the OBE and MBE awards. 

It comes after the Black Lives Matter movement brought the titles' links to slavery to the forefront. 

The Order of the British Empire recognises contributions to the UK across the arts and sciences, charity, public service and the military.

It is split into a number of different ranks - the most senior of which makes people a knight or a dame.

Stokes was presented with his OBE by the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace earlier this year. The Order of the British Empire recognises contributions to the UK across the arts and sciences, charity, public service and the military

Stokes was presented with his OBE by the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace earlier this year. The Order of the British Empire recognises contributions to the UK across the arts and sciences, charity, public service and the military

A senior member of the Commons honours committee said the recent protests had reignited debate about the Empire's association with brutality and slavery.

'This has been a live issue for some time but there has been heightened discussion about it among members of the committee since the protests,' a source told The Times newspaper.

'Some members favour the removal of the word "empire" from the existing honours, but others would but others would prefer the introduction of a new medal that better reflects a more diverse 21st-century Britain.'

The source added that the change is

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