The Telegraph is claiming former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown blocked the suggestion of an honorary knighthood to Steve Jobs in 2009, after the Apple CEO “turned down an invitation to speak at the Labour Party conference.”
The site quotes an unnamed former senior Labour MP who had put Jobs put forward for the honour, for services to technology: “Apple was aware of the proposal, he said, and it reached the final stages of approval, but was rejected by Downing Street.”
The former MP, who left Parliament at the last election, apparently told the site: “Apple has been the only major global company to create stunning consumer products because it has always taken design as the key component of everything it has produced. No other CEO has consistently shown such a commitment.”
The Telegraph continues: “The former MP was told by Downing Street that the decision was related to a failed attempt to attract Mr Jobs to Labour’s annual conference. Given his status as a superstar of business and technology, such an appearance would have been viewed as a coup for Mr Brown.”
The site reports that the former Prime Minister's office did not respond to a query.