10 Downing Street has announced the names of 23 new members of the House of Lords. Top names include David Trimble as an Ulster Unionist peer and Bill Morris, former T&GWU leader, for Labour.
None of the Labour peers gave money to the party, Radio 4 is reporting. Labour’s big donors who were nominated either had their applications blocked or withdrew from the approval process (see the FT).
The new Tory life peers are:
- Sandip Verma, former Tory parliamentary candidate.
- David James, who oversaw Michael Howard’s cost-cutting review of government spending.
- Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, Chairman of the Local Government Association and the author of the poverty-fighting Supporting Independence project when he was leader of Kent County Council.
- Jonathan Marland, Tory Treasurer.
- Mohamed Sheikh, chairman, Conservative Muslim Forum.
- John Taylor, former President of the Party’s National Union.
- Rodney Leach, a leading supporter of the No Campaign.
A full list of peers for each party has been published by ePolitix.com.
Related ConservativeHome link: Options for Lords reform.