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Boris Johnson rewards close allies in resignation honours list

09 Jun 2023 3 minute read
Jacob Rees Mogg has been forwarded for a knighthood in Boris Johnson’s resignation honours list

Boris Johnson’s long-awaited resignation honours list has been released, with the former prime minister nominating close allies for peerages and other gongs.

Mr Johnson handed peerages to former London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey and Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen, while giving staunch loyalists Jacob Rees-Mogg and Priti Patel a knighthood and a damehood respectively.

Benjamin Gascoigne, a former deputy chief of staff to the ex-prime minister will enter the House of Lords alongside Ross Kempsell, a former political director of the Conservative Party.

Charlotte Owen, a former adviser to Mr Johnson, will become one of the youngest peers, while Kulveer Singh Ranger, a former director of transport while Boris Johnson was London mayor, will also be elevated to the Lords.

Former No 10 chief of staff Dan Rosenfield will also enter the upper chamber.

Those put forward for a knighthood include former business secretary Mr Rees-Mogg, former housing secretary Simon Clarke and MPs Conor Burns and Michael Fabricant.

Former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Ben Elliot and William Lewis, a political adviser to Mr Johnson, are also in line to become knights bachelors.

Former home secretary Ms Patel has been nominated for a damehood, along with former ministers Andrea Jenkyns and Amanda Milling.

The former head of operations at No 10, Shelley Williams-Walker, will also receive a damehood, along with Mr Johnson’s former personal assistant, Ann Sindall.

Absent

Notably absent from the list were former culture secretary Nadine Dorries and Sir Alok Sharma, president of the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow, following reports the Government cut them at the 11th hour to swerve potentially damaging by-elections in their seats.

But Downing Street sought to distance Rishi Sunak from the list.

“He had no involvement or input into the approved list,” the Prime Minister’s press secretary said.

Ms Dorries earlier announced she was standing down as an MP “with immediate effect”, triggering an early election battle in her Mid Bedfordshire constituency.

Lord Newby, leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, called Mr Johnson’s resignation honours list a “clear failure of leadership” from the Prime Minister.

“Boris Johnson caused crisis after crisis in this country. His lack of honour means he didn’t deserve an honours list in the first place.

“Yet Sunak has caved in, rewarding Johnson for his reckless behaviour as prime minister. The British public will be outraged at this out of touch decision.

“Rishi Sunak needs to come before Parliament immediately to justify his cowardly failure to block Boris Johnson’s Honours list.”


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John Hammond
John Hammond
10 months ago

Scumbags to the very end. Nice that J Ree-Smug has been made a knight: now we can send him off to battle. Ukraine? Sudan?

Nobby Tart
Nobby Tart
10 months ago
Reply to  John Hammond

Crimea!

hdavies15
hdavies15
10 months ago
Reply to  Nobby Tart

Good thinking ! With that stature he’ll find it hard to duck although he’ll probably resort to hugging the ground and cry like an effin’ baby. Same guy who’d think nothing of wiping out a chunk of his own country’s people by failing to manage a coherent response to a pandemic.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
10 months ago

May it be an Albatross around all their scrawny necks…

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
10 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

JRM in armour, on a horse, charging the Russian invaders in Crimea with a lance is an image to treasure. Of course Knights use have this code of honour and chivalry which might be a bit too tough for JRM to understand.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
10 months ago
Reply to  Peter Cuthbert

Sooner see him in chains just before they throw him overboard…

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
10 months ago

These appointments stink. It’s you scratch my back and I yours. Time Wales went its own way with independence. Westminster’s rotten to the core.

Richard
Richard
10 months ago

Great to see these deserving individuals get their rewards for loyal and steadfast service to their leader and their nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 – well done 👏🏼 . It is so unfortunate that their loyal servants in the ‘ regions ‘ seem not to be included 🥲.

Can I suggest a new ‘ 30 pieces of silver ‘ award 🥇 for the ‘ regional ‘ spokespersons.

There will be a high number of applicants.

Richard
Richard
10 months ago
Reply to  Richard

i must apologise to readers as I had missed the late footnote from No10 re the elevation of Guto Harri to become a Companion of the British Empire…🇬🇧. Very well done – his dad Harri Pritchard Jones who I had the pleasure of meeting on several occasions would be very proud indeed.

G Horton-Jones.
G Horton-Jones.
10 months ago

Taking the p**s

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