Boris Johnson rewards key allies in resignation honours list

2023-06-09 18:07:52  • 5 mins

By Joshua Nevett

BBC Politics

Some of Boris Johnson's closest allies - including Priti Patel and Jacob Rees-Mogg - have been rewarded with peerages and other awards in the former PM's honours list.

Former secretaries of state Simon Clarke and Mr Rees-Mogg were knighted, while Ms Patel was made a dame.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and London Assembly member Shaun Bailey are among seven new peers.

No serving MPs were given peerages, avoiding by-elections for the Tories.

Former Conservative minister Nadine Dorries was not put forward for the House of Lords, despite speculation she would be on the published list.

Ms Dorries - who served as culture secretary under Mr Johnson - stood down as an MP "with immediate effect" just over an hour before the honours list was released.

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The long-awaited list, approved nine months after Mr Johnson resigned as prime minister, included 38 honours and seven peerages.

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