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Brexiteers among those to receive Peerages
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August 1, 2020 at 8:25 am

Staunch Brexiteers including former Brexit Party MEP Claire Fox and former Labour MPs Kate Hoey, Frank Field and Gisela Stuart are among those to receive peerages in this year’s list.

Ex-England cricket player Sir Ian Botham, who supported the Leave campaign, newspaper owner Evgeny Lebedev and former leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson were also among 36 new peerages on Friday.

Philip May, the husband of Theresa May, Boris Johnson’s predecessor in Downing Street, will receive a knighthood “for political service”.

But Mr Johnson did pick Conservative former chancellors Ken Clarke and Philip Hammond for peerages, after he stripped the Tory whip from them after they defied him over Brexit.

He also selected his own brother Jo, who dealt his older sibling a major blow in resigning from his Cabinet citing “the national interest”.

And Mr Johnson nominated his chief strategic adviser Sir Edward Lister, a long-term ally of the Prime Minister who supported him as London Mayor.

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Others to get nominations include Charles Moore, the former Daily Telegraph editor and Margaret Thatcher biographer.

Mr Lebedev, the son of a former KGB operative, owns the Independent and Evening Standard – and has long been a friend of Mr Johnson.

Conservative former MPs Sir Henry Bellingham, Nicholas Herbert, Mark Lancaster, Sir Patrick McLoughlin and Ed Vaizey also made the Prime Minister’s list.

Nigel Dodds was nominated as the former Westminster leader of the DUP.

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