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Questions over New Year Honours list

David Cameron has been accused of rewarding his party’s “friends in the City” in this year's New Years Honours after it was revealed a millionaire businessman jailed for fraud and a controversial Conservative Party donor were on the list.

Paul Ruddock, a hedge fund manager who profited from the collapse of Northern Rock and donated £500,000 to the Tories, has been given a knighthood whilst Gerald Ronson, a a millionaire property developer convicted of theft, has been awarded a CBE for his charity donations.

The Prime Minister claims the recipients this year all reflect his 'Big Society', with 70% selected for their "outstanding work" in communities in either a voluntary or paid capacity.

Political figures on the list include Lord Carlile, the former independent reviewer of anti-terror laws who is made CBE and Labour MP Joan Ruddock, who becomes a dame.


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