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British PM Boris Johnson Hands Brother Top Honour with Seat within the House of Lords

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street through AP)

Other notable new lords embody the Russian-born British newspaper proprietor Evgeny Lebedev and the Brexit-supporting cricketer Ian Botham.

  • AFP London
  • Last Updated: August 1, 2020, 8:15 AM IST

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday gave his brother Jo — a former junior minister who give up over his elder sibling’s method to leaving the European Union — a high honour with a seat within the higher House of Lords.

Former premier Theresa May’s husband Philip may even obtain a knighthood “for political service”, the federal government stated, because it unveiled a listing of 36 nominations.

The former House of Commons speaker John Bercow, who repeatedly tried to foil the federal government’s Brexit plans, nonetheless, was denied a seat within the higher home.

He is the primary former speaker in over two centuries to not obtain the honour.

Other notable new lords embody the Russian-born British newspaper proprietor Evgeny Lebedev and the Brexit-supporting cricketer Ian Botham.

But the nominations drew scorn from Johnson’s political foes.

He has displayed “the worst kind of cronyism” by giving jobs for all times to “friends and those who have done him favours”, opposition Scottish National Party lawmaker Pete Wishart stated.

Brexit supporters accused Bercow of making voting obstacles within the yr it took bickering lawmakers to lastly ratify Britain’s divorce cope with the EU.

A 2018 report additionally accused Bercow of presiding over a tradition during which “bullying, harassment and sexual harassment have been able to thrive” in parliament. He denied the allegations.

But he additionally loved his justifiable share of successes.

His bellows of “Order! Order!” through the Brexit saga went viral and made him briefly into a world media star.

Bercow printed a “candid” autobiography and joined the profitable lecture circuit after stepping down in October.

When information that he may not be chosen for a peerage was first reported in June, Bercow defined that he “made a lot of enemies” whereas overseeing the decrease home for 10 years.

“I am not going to sit awake at night worrying about it,” he informed the BBC.

“There are people who have got grievances and agendas of their own who think I just don’t fit.”

The House of Lords will now comprise greater than 800 members as a result of friends are allowed to resign or retire however are in any other case anticipated to serve for all times.

“This list of new peers marks a lost opportunity to reduce numbers in the House of Lords,” House of Lords speaker Peter Fowler stated.

Fowler’s workplace had beneficial reducing the chamber all the way down to 600 members tops.


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