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North East MP's bid to remove Harvey Weinstein's CBE

Chi Onwurah MP. Credit: Labour Party

Chi Onwurah, the MP for Newcastle Central, has begun the formal process which could see shamed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein stripped of his UK honours.

Harvey Weinstein. Credit: PA

“The allegations against Harvey Weinstein are growing by the day and it is imperative that we start the process of stripping him of his honorary CBE.

“This is about demonstrating that survivors of sexual assault and harassment need to be taken seriously – and it is also about ensuring that the economic opportunity of women is not constrained by the predatory actions of powerful men.”

– Chi Onwurah MP, Newcastle Central, Labour

The Labour MP has written to Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood to start the formal process of stripping Mr Weinstein of his CBE.

Sir Heywood chairs the committee, which decides whether individuals should have their honours removed.

In her referral, Ms. Onwurah highlighted Weinstein’s expulsion from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Her letter to Sir Heywood points out that ‘one of the criterion listed by the Government for forfeiture of an honour is if the individual in question is ‘censured or struck off by a professional or regulatory body for something directly relevant to their honour’.

Harvey Weinstein has apologised for past behaviour but denies rape allegations. Credit: PA

Harvey Weinsteion is the man behind many Hollywood blockbusters but is now at the centre of an ever deepening scandal.

It follows a string of allegations of sexual harassment from women who have worked with him, including A-list actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Since the claims emerged the 65-year-old has been fired from the film company he founded with his brother and his wife has left him.

Weinstein has also been expelled from the Oscars organising committee who said the era of "wilful ignorance" on "sexually predatory behaviour and workplace harassment in our industry is over".