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TONY Blair has refused to nominate George Harrison for a posthumous knighthood.

The prime minister was originally keen to pay a solid tribute to the former Beatle who died last year, but Downing Street and Buckingham Palace officials vetoed it because it would breach protocol.

In a letter to a Liverpool MP Bob Wareing, a Downing Street aide said posthumous awards like the Victoria and George Cross are given only for physical bravey.

The West Derby MP was pressing for posthumous honours for constituents, former Croxteth Park community worker Margaret Williamson and Merseyside Pensioners' Association veteran Rose Sandford who died last year before they could collect their promised MBEs.
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