Published: 19:43 BST, 31 July 2020 | Updated: 21:00 BST, 31 July 2020
Boris Johnson has approved Labour rebels in the Government’s proposed list of 36 new peers in the House of Lords – but has not named Jeremy Corbyn’s reported nominations Tom Watson and John Bercow.
The Government published its list of proposed peerages and political honours on Friday, confirming that Labour Brexiteers are set to be elevated.
Former MPs who rebelled against Labour to back Brexit, including Kate Hoey, Ian Austin, Frank Field and Gisela Stuart, are all set to receive peerages.
But the list failed to include Tom Watson and former speaker John Bercow, who were both reportedly nominated by the former Labour leader.
Boris Johnson has approved Labour rebels in the Government’s proposed list of 36 new peers in the House of Lords, including Vote Leave campaign chair Gisela Stuart
Former Labour MP Frank Field, who quit the party in protest at Mr Corbyn’s stance, was also included in the list of proposed peerages published on Friday
Former MPs who rebelled against Labour to back the Brexit, including Kate Hoey, Ian Austin (above), Frank Field and Gisela Stuart, are all set to receive peerages
Ms Hoey, who served as Labour’s Vauxhall MP for 30 years until not standing for re-election last year, was among five MPs who defied the whip to vote with the Conservatives on a Brexit amendment in 2018.
The former chairwoman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee is one of the ex-Labour MPs to be nominated for non-affiliated peerages.
Ms Hoey was a member of the Labour Leave group alongside former Labour whip Mr Field, who has also been approved for a peerage.
John Woodcock, who never backed Brexit and supported a second referendum, is also among those set to be given a peerage.
But Mr Woodcock, who had the Labour whip withdrawn after a sexual harassment allegation, which he denied, did not support former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Mr Woodcock said he would vote for the Conservatives to stop Mr Corbyn ‘getting his hands on the levers of national security and defence’.
He was joined by Mr Austin, who urged voters to support Boris Johnson to stop Mr Corbyn from becoming prime minister.
Mr Austin, the ex-Labour turned Independent MP for Dudley North, and Mr Field both quit the party in protest at Mr Corbyn’s stance.
John Woodcock, who never backed Brexit and supported a second referendum, is also among those set to be given a peerage, according to the Government’s nominations
Mr Woodcock, who said he would vote Conservative to block Jeremy Corbyn, took to Twitter to announce his delight at being approved for a peerage
Kate Hoey, who served as Labour’s Vauxhall MP for 30 years, was among five MPs who defied the whip to vote with the Conservatives on a Brexit amendment in 2018
Mr Woodcock, who served as MP for Barrow and Furness between 2010 and 2019, has taken to Twitter to announce his delight at the news of his peerage approval.
He said: ‘It’s a huge honour to be put forward as a peer. I’ve agreed to continue my work as UK special envoy on countering violent extremism as a non-aligned member.
‘Relishing the chance to speak up once again for the causes I championed as an MP and for the community we love.’
But there were some notable absentees from the list, as some of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s reported nominations were not included.
The Prime Minister has not named Labour’s former deputy leader Tom Watson and the last Commons speaker John Bercow on the list, despite it being tradition for the Government to put the retiring speaker’s name forward for a peerage.
But Mr Bercow was said to have been rejected by the independent Lords appointment commission because of a series of bullying claims, which he denied.
Mr Watson, Labour’s former deputy leader, is thought to have been blocked because of his role in highlighting fantasist Carl Beech’s false allegations of a paedophile ring in Westminster.
This led to dawn raids on the homes of the late military chief Lord Bramall, former Tory Home Secretary Lord Brittan and ex-MP Harvey Proctor.
But Mr Johnson did pick Conservative former chancellors Ken Clarke and Philip Hammond for peerages, after he stripped them from the Tory whip after they defied him over Brexit.
Boris Johnson has not named Labour’s former deputy leader Tom Watson and the last Commons speaker John Bercow on the list of proposed peerages
John Bercow (pictured), said to have been rejected for a peerage by the independent Lords appointment commission because of a series of bullying claims, which he denied
Former chancellor Philip Hammond, who stood down during last year’s general election, was elected six times in his seat of Runnymede and Weybridge but had the whip removed in September 2019.
The Prime Minister has also come under fire since the peerage list was announced, being accused by his political rivals of ‘cronyism’.
He approved his brother Jo Johnson, his chief strategic adviser Sir Edward Lister and several Tory grandees for peerages.
Lord Fowler, a former Conservative cabinet minister, said the House will ‘soon be nearly 830 strong’, accusing Mr Johnson of ‘the abandonment of an established policy’ to reduce its size.
The Liberal Democrats’ leader in the Lords, Lord Newby, added: ‘By giving a large number of his cronies peerages, he has shown that the Tories have abandoned any pretence of reducing the size of the bloated House of Lords.’
Mr Johnson’s long-term ally Sir Edward, who supported him as London mayor, also made the approvals.
Others to get nominations include Charles Moore, the former Daily Telegraph editor and Margaret Thatcher biographer, and Claire Fox, who was a Brexit Party MEP.
Boris Johnson approved his brother Jo Johnson, who was a minister of state and MP for Orpington, for a peerage. In 2019, he resigned from Cabinet citing he was ‘torn between family loyalty and the national interest’.
Former Conservative chancellor Ken Clarke was picked for a peerage by the Prime Minister after retiring from the Commons in 2019.
The Remain supporter was one of 21 MPs who had the whip removed after rebelling against the Government over Brexit.
Former chancellor and Runnymede and Weybridge MP Philip Hammond, who stood down during last year’s general election, has been approved for a peerage.
Ed Vaizey, former minister of state for culture and ex-MP for Wantage, also found himself with a nomination and approval from the Prime Minister.
Former leader of the Scottish Conservative Party Ruth Davidson, who is the MSP for Edinburgh Central, was also named in Friday’s list.
Ms Davidson quit as leader in August 2019 after eight years, not long after returning from maternity leave following the birth of her son Finn.
Kate Hoey, former Labour MP for Vauxhall and former chairwoman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee, is one of several ex-Labour MPs and Brexiteers chosen for non-affiliated peerages.
Ian Austin, ex-Labour turned Independent MP for Dudley North and former parliamentary under-secretary of state for communities and local government, made the list.
Former Labour whip Frank Field, ex-chairman of the Work and Pensions Select Committee and former MP for Birkenhead, was approved.
Mr Field stood as an independent in the last election after he resigned the Labour whip in 2018, citing anti-Semitism and ‘nastiness’ in the party.
Vote Leave chairwoman and former Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston Gisela Stuart, who endorsed Mr Johnson during the 2019 general election, was chosen as a new peer in the House of Lords.
Owner of the Evening Standard and long-time friend of Boris Johnson, Evgeny Lebedev was nominated for a crossbench peerage.
Veronica Wadley, a former editor of the Evening Standard and chairwoman of the Expert Panel for Model Music Curriculum, made the list.
Former editor of the Daily Telegraph and Margaret Thatcher biographer Charles Moore was approved for a non-affiliated seat in the Lords.
The Prime Minister has nominated party allies including his chief strategic adviser Sir Edward Lister, a long-term ally who supported him as London mayor.
Other former MPs named on Friday’s list include Sir Henry Bellingham, former MP for North West Norfolk.
Nicholas Herbert, former Conservative MP for Arundel and South Downs between 2005 and 2019, was also chosen.
Former parliamentary under-secretary of state for international development and Member of Parliament for Stockton South James Wharton has earned approval from the Prime Minister.
Conservative MP for Milton Keynes North Mark Lancaster retired from the seat in 2019. He also held the role of minister for the armed forces for two years.
Former chairman of the Conservative Party Sir Patrick McLoughlin was approved for a seat in the House of Lords by the Prime Minister.
Former Tory MP for South Ribble Lorraine Fullbrook retired from the House of Commons in 2015 after serving one term in the consistency.
Labour MP Kathryn Clark, also known as Katy, served as the MP for North Ayrshire and Arran between 2005 and 2015.
Fellow Labour MP Susan Hayman, also known as Sue, was the MP for Workington between 2015 and 2019.
She served as shadow environment secretary under Jeremy Corbyn and was nominated by the former Labour leader.
Nigel Dodds, MP for Belfast North until 2019, was nominated as the former Westminster leader of the DUP.
Nigel Dodds served for almost two decades before losing his seat to John Finucane of Sinn Fein during last year’s general election.
Former Brexit Party MEP Claire Fox, director and founder of the Institute of Ideas think tank, has been approved for a non-affiliated peerage.
Andrew Sharpe, chairman of the National Conservative Convention, was approved for a peerage by Mr Johnson on Friday.
Chairman of the not-for-profit organisation Urban Design London, Daniel Moylan was nominated by the Prime Minister.
Brinley Davies, the director of Union Pension Services Ltd – a consultancy service which helps with pensions mainly for trade unions – was nominated by Labour.
Chairman of the right-leaning think tank Centre for Policy Studies Michael Spencer was approved for a peerage by Boris Johnson.
Dame Helena Morrissey established the 30% Club to campaign for more female representation on company boards and was nominated by Mr Johnson.
Prem Sikka, a professor of accounting at the University of Sheffield, was nominated for a peerage by Jeremy Corbyn.
Former civil servant and chairwoman of the Institute of Global Homelessness Dame Louise Casey was chosen for a crossbench peerage.
Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science and former deputy governor at the Bank of England, Dame Minouche was selected for a crossbench peerage.
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