The nominations for the 2020 political peerages in the House of Lords were announced today. Keir Starmer names five of the 16 who are slated to take a seat in the UK Parliament’s upper chamber.
Starmer nominees include his political secretary and former MP from Darlington, Jenny Chapman, former MP from Gedling Vernon Coaker, and British Jews Chief Executive and former MP from Lincoln, Gillian Merron.
The Labor leader also named councilor Judith Blake, Labor leader of Leeds City Council and former MEP for North West England Wajid Khan on the list released by the government this afternoon.
Coaker, who was a Labor MP in the House of Commons between 1997 and 2019 and held ministerial positions under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, made a statement on social media after his nomination was announced.
He said it was “an honor” to be chosen by the Labor leader and stated: “I am ready to continue to fight for Labor values which I believe are more important than ever at local, national and international levels are.”
The Prime Minister made seven recommendations, including former Tory Party’s fellow treasurer and city magnate Peter Cruddas, though the House of Lords Nominations Committee told Boris Johnson that it could not support the nomination.
The Commission is an independent, non-statutory body. The Prime Minister has the right to override it and nominate it against the advice of the panel, but rarely exercises that power and was charged again with cronyism on appointment.
Union Assistant Leader Angela Rayner said, “After months of revelations about the cronyism at the heart of this government, it is somehow appropriate that the Prime Minister ended the year by peerating Peter Cruddas, the man who once corruptly offered access to the government against Cash.
“Whether it is the Dominic Cummings saga of hundreds of millions of tax dollars wasted on contracts that are not delivered or peerage given to shamed donors, it has never been clearer: There is a rule for the Conservatives and their friends another for the rest of the country. “
Cruddas resigned from his position as co-treasurer in 2012 after it was discovered that he offers political access to cash. There were covert recordings of him that gave the Prime Minister and the Chancellor access for up to £ 250,000.
Cruddas donated £ 50,000 to Johnson’s leadership campaign, as well as more than £ 3.5 million to the Conservative Party and £ 1.5 million to the election campaign. He was also a co-founder of the Vote Leave campaign.
Below is the full list of nominations.
Nominations of the Chairman of the Conservative Party:
Rt Hon Sir Richard Benyon – Former Parliamentary Secretary of State for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and MP for Newbury. Peter Cruddas – businessman and philanthropist. Dame Jacqueline Foster – Former Vice-Chairwoman of the Conservative Party in the European Parliament and MEP for North West England. Stephanie Fraser – General Manager of Cerebral Palsy Scotland. Dean Godson – Director of Policy Exchange. Daniel Hannan – formerly MEP for South East England. Syed Kamall – Former Chairman of the Conservative Party in the European Parliament and MEP for London.
Labor Party Chairman nominations:
Cllr Judith Blake CBE – Chairwoman of Leeds City Council. Jennifer Chapman – Former MP for Darlington. Vernon Coaker – Former Minister of State for Schools and MP for Gedling. Wajid Khan – formerly MEP for North West England. Gillian Merron – General Manager of the House of Representatives of British Jews, former Secretary of State for Public Health and MP for Lincoln.
Nominations for crossbench peerages:
Sir Terence Etherton PC QC – Master of Roles and Head of Civil Justice. Sir Simon McDonald KCMG KCVO – recently Permanent Undersecretary of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Head of the Diplomatic Service. Sir Andrew Parker KCB – recently General Manager of MI5 Security. The Rt Revd. And Rt Hon Dr. John Sentamu – recently Archbishop of York.
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