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Calls for Liz Truss’s resignation honours list to be blocked

07 Sep 2023 3 minute read
Prime Minister Liz Truss during a press conference in the briefing room at Downing Street. Photo Daniel Leal PA Images

The Labour Party has called for legislation to block former prime minister Liz Truss from nominating people for honours.

A minister for the Cabinet Office said on Thursday that it has “not yet seen” a resignation honours list from Ms Truss.

Labour had also called on Rishi Sunak’s Government to block former prime minister Boris Johnson’s honours list, which ultimately went through despite a number of related controversies, including Nadine Dorries resigning as an MP because she was not included and accusations of cronyism.

Lucy Powell, speaking for the first time at questions relating to business of the House of Commons since being appointed shadow Commons leader earlier this week, called for legislation to block any such list from Ms Truss.

Noting this week marks a year since Ms Truss first took office, Ms Powell said: “In the interest of parliamentary accountability, it’s really an important event to debate as her six-week tenure left a crippling legacy for mortgage holders, with millions now paying hundreds of pounds a month more thanks to her reckless decisions, all of which were defended and supported by the Leader of the House (Penny Mordaunt).”

She asked if Ms Mordaunt would apologise for her role in supporting Ms Truss while in office.


Ms Powell said: “Will she bring forward legislation to stop our House being brought further into disrepute by the prime minister elevating her cronies to the House of Lords?

“We have had no contrition. It’s the Leader of the House’s job to uphold the integrity of this place and its members in the eyes of the public.”

Ms Mordaunt said Ms Powell supported Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party but focused her response in the Commons on other points raised by her opposite number and highlighting new figures that upgraded the assessment for the UK’s economic performance since the pandemic.

The question of a potential resignation honours list for Ms Truss was also raised earlier in the Commons as MPs put questions to Cabinet Office ministers.

SNP MP Patricia Gibson (North Ayrshire and Arran) said Ms Truss was the shortest-serving prime minister and “still managed to crash the economy” – but will “enjoy the privilege of ennobling pals and cronies”.

Ms Gibson asked: “Does the Cabinet Office, does the Prime Minister, does the Cabinet feel this inappropriate in any way? And can he tell the House whether he thinks such a spectacle will help restore trust in politics?”

Cabinet Office minister Alex Burghart said: “We have not yet seen the list for the previous prime minister. And I think it’s worthwhile remembering that people who are honoured in our system have often contributed greatly to our country.”

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Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
7 months ago

I can’t believe they are talking about blocking Truss’ honours list. It should have been shredded months ago.

Steve A Duggan
Steve A Duggan
7 months ago

Yes, scrap it and reform the Lords. 800, paid, unelected people should not have a say about how the UK is run.

Evan Aled Bayton
Evan Aled Bayton
7 months ago

Arbitrary blocking of established practice is not appropriate and if she has the entitlement then it should not be denied. It would be better if the whole honours system were abolished like in the Irish Republic. That’s not going to happen so perhaps a review as to how and when honours are granted should be made. The appointment of Life Peers is no longer an honour as I understand it rather a political process to make new functioning members of the House of Lords. We have to live with the mess created by Tony Blair until the Upper House is… Read more »

7 months ago

Johnson ran away after many disasters. truss tanked a nation. Sunak will be no better and will have a list, it is not just Truss, the Tory party has loaded the HoL with incompetent and absolutely un suited to the life time roll of a law maker. The whole system needs sorting starting with a block on any new appointments. From any party.

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