Sunak urged to put Johnson’s honours list ‘through the shredder’

June 08, 2023 09:44 AM AEST | By PAMEDIA
Follow us on Google News:

Boris Johnson’s resignation honours list should be “put through the shredder”, according to an opposition party, following reports Rishi Sunak has accepted his recommendations for peerages.

The Times reported that the Prime Minister is expected to accept Mr Johnson’s long-awaited resignation honours list, with the paper reporting that it could be published in a matter of weeks.

According to a Whitehall source quoted by the newspaper, Mr Sunak is hoping to “clear the decks” by signing off the awards, which are said to have been a source of contention between the two divs.

Downing Street said it would not be commenting on the speculation.

Liberal Democrat deputy leader Daisy Cooper accused the Prime Minister of rewarding “failure” by allegedly giving the list the green light.

“The fact that one of the most scandal-ridden prime ministers is now allowed to stuff his cronies in the Lords after a failed premiership tells the British public everything they need to know about this Conservative Party,” she said.

“Boris Johnson caused crisis after crisis in this country — if Rishi Sunak rewards his failure it’s just proof it is one rule for the Conservatives and another for everyone else.

“The buck stops with Sunak — he must ensure that Johnson’s honours list is put through the shredder.”

There are suggestions that the list could spark at least two by-elections for the Conservatives.

Early electoral battles could be held in the seats of former culture secretary Nadine Dorries and Alok Sharma, president of the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow.

Conservative leadership bid
Nadine Dorries is reportedly in line for a peerage in Boris Johnson’s resignation honours list (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Mr Sharma holds a 4,000-vote majority over Labour in his Reading West constituency and a by-election would likely be closely fought by Sir Keir Starmer’s party, which is well ahead of the Tories in the polls.

Ms Dorries, who has already announced her plan to quit as the MP for Mid Bedfordshire at the next election, has a majority of more than 24,600 over the main Opposition party.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack is also reportedly set to be offered a peerage by Mr Johnson.

The Cabinet minister has announced he will stand down at the next national poll but has ruled out triggering a by-election in his Dumfries and Galloway constituency to take up a seat in the House of Lords before then.

Nigel Adams, another close ally of Mr Johnson who also is not planning on standing again, is also said to be keen to avoid a by-election.

Scottish sport facilities funding
Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said he would not be triggering a by-election if awarded a peerage (Victoria Jones/PA)

Ms Dorries said she has not been told whether she is on Mr Johnson’s honours list.

She has previously said that she thought “staying in place until a general election” would be “absolutely the right thing to do” if she was on his list but recognised there were objections to that stance.

Speaking on her TalkTV programme last month, Ms Dorries said: “Apparently the House of Lords Appointment Committee has said that would be ‘constitutionally improper’.

“They don’t say that would be constitutionally impossible. They say improper.”

Ms Dorries said the committee “need probably to update their processes” due to the UK being in “politically unstable times” after having three No 10 incumbents in a matter of months last year.

Mr Johnson’s spokesman said: “We strictly do not comment on honours.”

Former prime minister Liz Truss, despite being the shortest serving prime minister in modern British political history, has also reportedly submitted a short resignation honours list.


The content, including but not limited to any articles, news, quotes, information, data, text, reports, ratings, opinions, images, photos, graphics, graphs, charts, animations and video (Content) is a service of Kalkine Media Pty Ltd (Kalkine Media, we or us), ACN 629 651 672 and is available for personal and non-commercial use only. The principal purpose of the Content is to educate and inform. The Content does not contain or imply any recommendation or opinion intended to influence your financial decisions and must not be relied upon by you as such. Some of the Content on this website may be sponsored/non-sponsored, as applicable, but is NOT a solicitation or recommendation to buy, sell or hold the stocks of the company(s) or engage in any investment activity under discussion. Kalkine Media is neither licensed nor qualified to provide investment advice through this platform. Users should make their own enquiries about any investments and Kalkine Media strongly suggests the users to seek advice from a financial adviser, stockbroker or other professional (including taxation and legal advice), as necessary. Kalkine Media hereby disclaims any and all the liabilities to any user for any direct, indirect, implied, punitive, special, incidental or other consequential damages arising from any use of the Content on this website, which is provided without warranties. The views expressed in the Content by the guests, if any, are their own and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Kalkine Media. Some of the images/music that may be used on this website are copyright to their respective owner(s). Kalkine Media does not claim ownership of any of the pictures displayed/music used on this website unless stated otherwise. The images/music that may be used on this website are taken from various sources on the internet, including paid subscriptions or are believed to be in public domain. We have used reasonable efforts to accredit the source wherever it was indicated as or found to be necessary.

Top ASX Listed Companies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. OK