Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

For Immediate Release


Press Release

Stop the War calls protest at Blair's knighthood ceremony

Stop the War will be protesting at the annual Garter Day procession in Windsor on 13 June where Tony Blair will be honoured by the Queen as a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. 
The protest is being called in called in response to the announcement at New Year that former Prime Minister Tony Blair will be awarded the highest honour available in the UK. 
Reg Keys and Peter Brierley, fathers of British servicemen killed in the Iraq War, will be joining the protest at Windsor in June.

Opinion polls show how unpopular this award is amongst ordinary people; over 1 million have since signed an online petition demanding the honour be rescinded.

Stop the War is calling for as many people as possible to join them and show solidarity with the millions whose lives were destroyed as a result of this illegal war.

Lindsey German, Convenor of StW, said:

"We will protest at this grotesque award in the name of the Iraqis, the Afghans, the families who lost soldiers, the refugees and victims of these and subsequent wars. Blair has blood on his hands."

Protest: No Knighthood for Tony Blair
Monday 13 June, Windsor


Stop the War was founded in September 2001 in the weeks following 9/11, when George W. Bush announced the "war on terror". Stop the War has since been dedicated to preventing and ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere. Stop the War opposes the British establishment’s disastrous addiction to war and its squandering of public resources on militarism. We have initiated many campaigns around these issues.

Biden Urged to Sign Executive Order Guaranteeing Rail Workers Paid Sick Leave

After the president brokered a compulsory contract without a single paid day off for illness, one labor advocate implored him to "put up or shut up about how you really want them to have sick leave!"

Brett Wilkins ·

Campaigners Demand Deep Cuts to Plastic Production as Global Treaty Negotiations Ramp Up

"The scale of the problem is mind-boggling," said one advocate. "Plastic is in our blood. It's in fetuses. It's really encroaching on every aspect of human existence."

Julia Conley ·

Putting 'Profits Over People', Senate Rejects Paid Sick Leave for Rail Workers

"Senate Republicans and Joe Manchin have yet AGAIN failed working Americans by voting down seven days of paid sick leave for rail workers," lamented Rep. Jamaal Bowman.

Brett Wilkins ·

'We Must Cancel Student Debt,' Activists Argue as SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Case in February

"The right-tilted Supreme Court now holds in the balance relief for millions of hardworking Americans," said one campaigner. "It would be a giant loss for the economy if justices rule in favor of the special interests."

Jessica Corbett ·

A Labor Revolt Is Brewing... Inside the National Labor Relations Board

"From Congress, we demand funds, not furloughs," says the NLRB union. "From NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo, we demand collaboration, not coercion."

Kenny Stancil ·

Common Dreams Logo