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Nadine Dorries’ peerage request rejected due to Boris Johnson’s dismissal decision


Ms Dorries was expected to be on the roll of honor alongside Alok Sharma, the former COP26 president. Both served in Mr. Johnson’s cabinet.

Instead, the list included seven names, including Ross Kempsell, who served as the media adviser to the former Prime Minister on Downing Street.

Five of the ennobled people served Mr Johnson, either in No. 10 or when he was Lord Mayor of London.

They also include Dan Rosenfield, his former chief of staff, Ben Gascoigne, his former political secretary, Charlotte Owen, a former adviser, and Kulveer Ranger, who was Director of Transport for London.

Ben Houchen, the Tory mayor of the Tees Valley, and Shaun Bailey, a Tory member of the London Assembly, have also been granted peerages.

Mr Johnson has also handed out knighthoods and ladies’ names to many other close allies from his time in power, including eight Tory MPs.

Conor Burns, a staunch defender of the former prime minister, has been knighted, as has Simon Clarke, the former secretary.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, a former business secretary, Priti Patel, an ex-home secretary, and Amanda Milling, a former Tory chairman, are all on the list.

Michael Fabricant, Member of Parliament for Lichfield, Andrea Jenkyns, former Education Secretary and Sir Bill Cash, a staunch Eurosceptic, are also honoured.

Partygate numbers on the list

Mr Johnson has controversially handed out awards to several officials who served with him who were involved in the partygate scandal.

They include Martin Reynolds, his former private secretary, who became known as “Party Marty” after sending invitations to a Bring Your Own Bottle gathering.

Shelley Williams-Walker, nicknamed “DJ SWW” after reportedly taking charge of the music at one of the Downing Street parties, has been awarded an OBE.

Political opponents attacked the roll of honor for “handing out rewards for those who tried to cover up rule-breaking and poke fun at a disgraced ex-prime minister”.

Honors ‘a sickening insult’

Labor deputy leader Angela Rayner said: “It is a sickening insult that those who hosted Covid parties and staged boozy lockdown bashes when families couldn’t mourn loved ones are now getting gongs from Rishi Sunak.

“While Boris Johnson faces further allegations and investigations into his conduct, the privilege of a roll of honor has been spectacularly misjudged and utterly undeserved.

“It is shameful that Rishi Sunak has not complied with his former boss’s outrageous demands and agreed to award prizes to this carousel of cronies.

“He promised integrity, but this frail prime minister once again shows his appalling judgment by carrying out Boris Johnson’s order.”

Daisy Cooper, the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, added: “Boris Johnson has been allowed to hand out gongs to his partygate friends, and Rishi Sunak has just waved it through.

“We went from the lavender list to the cronies catalog. This is pure corruption.”

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