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Post Office scandal campaigner Alan Bates knighted in King’s birthday honours

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Alan Bates, lead campaigner in the UK Post Office Horizon scandal, former prime minister Gordon Brown and business chiefs from HSBC and the London Stock Exchange have received awards in King Charles III’s second birthday honours list.

Bates, the named litigant in a landmark 2019 court case that was brought by 555 sub-postmasters and established accounting shortfalls alleged by the Post Office were based on faulty data, was knighted for services to justice.

HSBC chair Mark Tucker was knighted for services to the economy. The former chair of Prudential has steered Europe’s biggest bank since 2017, enduring a bruising battle with its largest shareholder, which wants to break up the lender.

LSE chief executive Julia Hoggett was made a dame for her contribution to the world of business and finance. The former financial regulator has spearheaded an industry push to revive the UK’s equity markets, which have suffered an outflow of investment and growing international competition. 

LSE chief becomes Dame Julia Hoggett © Charlie Bibby/FT

Other executives recognised in this year’s list included Greg Jackson, founder and chief executive of Octopus Energy, and SSE boss Alistair Phillips-Davies. Both were given OBEs, alongside former Unilever chief Alan Jope.

Elsewhere in business John Burns, founder and non-executive chair of Derwent London, and Taylor Wimpey’s Jennie Daly, the first female chief executive of a big UK housebuilder, also became OBEs.

Jon Moulton, one of the UK’s best-known private equity investors, was made a CBE for charitable services. Claire Enders, founder of media research company Enders Analysis, and Michael Izza, former head of the ICAEW, became OBEs.

The Cabinet Office said 509 women had been recognised in the list this year, representing 48 per cent of the total. Just 10 per cent of the successful candidates have…

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