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Centrica’s Carr, BA’s Broughton Awarded U.K. New Year’s Honors

Centrica Plc Chairman Roger Carr and his counterpart at British Airways Plc, Martin Broughton, won U.K. honors in a list that also included an award for Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox.

Credit Suisse Group AG’s Philip Remnant, former Lloyds TSB Group Plc Chief Executive Officer Peter Ellwood and actors David Suchet and Sheila Hancock are also among the 997 people granted civic honors in today’s biannual awards, the Cabinet Office in London said. They include community and charity workers nominated by the public, alongside business leaders, public servants and stars of sport and entertainment.

Carr, Broughton and Ellwood, who is chairman of Rexam Plc, receive knighthoods and will be able to put “sir” in front of their names. They will receive medals from Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony where she touches them on both shoulders with a sword. Confederation of British Industry Director General Richard Lambert will also be knighted.

Remnant, a Credit Suisse senior adviser in Europe and former head of U.K. investment banking, becomes a Commander of the Order of the British Empire or CBE. He won the award “for services to the financial-services industry and to the public sector,” according to a statement detailing the awards.

Carr, who was chairman of Cadbury Plc, the maker of Dairy Milk chocolate, when it was taken over by Kraft Foods Inc. this year, should not receive an award, the Unite labor union said.

‘Acts of Loyalty’

“Under his leadership he allowed this iconic British company to be taken over by Kraft, a highly leveraged company that has already cut hundreds of jobs since February and will undoubtedly be looking for further cuts to help pay down their huge debts,” a Unite spokeswoman, Jennie Formby said by telephone. “It is our members, the workers of Cadbury, whose hard work and acts of loyalty should be receiving recognition and honors.”

A spokesman for Centrica, the U.K.’s biggest energy supplier, said that Carr, who won the award for “services to business,” would not be making any comment on his knighthood.

The honors are bestowed in the name of the queen and are recommended by an independent panel, which considers suggestions from government departments and political parties as well as from the public.

Broughton, who is a former chairman of British American Tobacco Plc and chairman of Liverpool Football Club, said he was surprised to be knighted.

“I have been lucky enough to be involved with some great British companies and institutions in my career, but it was a real surprise to receive such recognition,” Broughton said in an e-mailed statement.

‘Pink Panther’

People getting other honors may put letters signifying the award after their names. They include Lennox, who becomes an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE, for her work for the international development charity Oxfam. Guitarist Richard Thompson also receives an OBE, as does England rugby player Mike Catt and “Pink Panther” actor Burt Kwouk.

Artist Steve McQueen becomes a CBE, as do Suchet, Hancock and Trevor Horn, who produced records for Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Paul McCartney as well as working on the single “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” which raised funds for African famine victims in 1984.

This year’s soccer World Cup final referee, Howard Webb, and golf’s 2010 U.S. Open winner, Graeme McDowell, become Members of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE.

Also awarded an MBE is Rosemary Clarke, director of Bookstart, a project providing free books to children, which was told on Dec. 17 that its 13 million-pound ($20 million) annual government grant will be cut to zero from April.

The first awards for lawmakers since 2008 go to Peter Bottomley, a Conservative member of the House of Commons who is knighted, and Labour lawmaker Anne Begg, who becomes a Dame, the female equivalent.

Peter Viggers, who was one of the last two lawmakers to receive awards in the queen’s birthday honors in 2008, drew nationwide attention in 2009 when his expenses claims included one for a 1,645-pound “duck island” in the pond outside his home.

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