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Agent Provocateur Creator Declines MBE

Joseph Corre, a leading designer lingerie entrepreneur, refused to accept an MBE (Member of the British Empire) last week.

He objects to what he calls Tony Blairs dishonest wars, but makes clear: My decision in no way reflects on my opinion of the Queen whom I respect and would be honoured to have as a customer.

"I believe that the way and the methods with which Tony Blair took Britain to war in Iraq and Afghanistan alongside George Bush were dishonest. They were based on a lie," says Corre.

However, his wife and business partner, Serena Rees was reportedly delighted to accept the MBE she was awarded.

Corres mother, grande dame of fashion Vivienne Westwood, was given an honour in 2006.

Read Corres article in the Independent explaining why he doesn't want the MBE

To see this years full honours list click here

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