The labor leadership candidate of Indian origin calls for a reform of the UK honors system

LONDON: the contender of Indian origin in the leadership race to replace the leader Jeremy Corbyn , has requested a reform of the system of honors of the United Kingdom to distance itself from the colonial nuances.

Nandy, who reached the final ballot and has been in the election campaign to win the Labor Party membership votes, said references to the British Empire in honors given to high-performing individuals should be removed to focus on excellence .

It was [poet] Benjamin Zephaniah who resisted the possibility of accepting an OBE: the Order of the British Empire. Why not an option to provide the British Order of Excellence? Why does the honors system, which should recognize the contribution of our people, exclude people, instead of attracting people? Bristol board on Saturday.

"The self-confident, empowered country I will lead will be one that is different. Where people like Benjamin Zephaniah can accept the Order of Excellence not reject the Order of the British Empire. That celebrates those who built us not seeks to alienate them," she said.

The 40-year-old woman, the daughter of an Indian-born academic father and a British mother, also asked the opposition party to accept Brexit and moves now that the United Kingdom has formally left the European Union (EU) on Friday .

She has been openly critical of the Corbyn-led party, which suffered a bruise in the general election last month, and has accused the old guard of looking back after the result instead of looking towards the country where we can be .

We completely lost the point of that political earthquake, which was a clamor for more power, more control and more agency across the country, said Nandy, who resigned as shadow energy secretary in Corbyn's top team shortly after the referendum. June 2016. on the unclear position of the party on Brexit.

In the race for leadership, Nandy will face face-to-face with Rebecca Long-Bailey, backed by Corbyn, and the shadow Brexit secretary, Kier Starmer.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry still lacks the basic support needed to appear on the final ballot before the vote by mail, which will open later next month, and the new leader will take over on 4 of April.