Dame Priti and Sir party Marty: the aides and allies in Boris Johnsons honours list

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2023-06-09 19:29:06  • 3 mins

Priti Patel, who was home secretary in Johnsons cabinet and widely seen as a fierce ally of the former prime minister, has been made a dame commander.

Keen Brexiter Jacob Rees-Mogg has received a knighthood alongside Michael Fabricant who often went on the airwaves to defend Johnson during Partygate.

Shaun Bailey, who unsuccessfully ran for London mayor in 2021, has been awarded a peerage. Bailey was pictured breaking lockdown rules in 2020 with a Christmas party at Conservative headquarters in London.

Ben Mallett, who was also pictured at the lockdown-breaking Christmas party in 2020 alongside Bailey, has received an OBE. Mallett is understood to be a close friend of Carrie Johnson and also ran Zac Goldmiths mayoral campaign.

Ben Houchen, the mayor for Tees Valley who has been accused in parliament of cronyism and backroom deals, has received a peerage.

Martin Reynolds, Johnsons principal private secretary, who earned the nickname party Marty for various messages he sent about the parties at the time, has been knighted with the Order of the Bath for his public service. Reynolds invited more than 100 officials to drinks in Downing St garden. He told officials to bring your own booze, later adding: We seem to have got away with it.

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