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Liz Truss sends 3 allies to House of Lords in resignation honours list

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Liz Truss, who was UK prime minister for just 49 days, has appointed three political allies to the House of Lords as she exercised a longstanding convention for former premiers to confer peerages and honours despite the short and controversial nature of her period in office.

The former Tory leader nominated two prominent Brexiters and her former deputy chief of staff for elevation to parliament’s upper chamber, in a resignation peerages list published more than a year after her brief tenure in Downing Street in 2022.

Outgoing prime ministers routinely reward close colleagues, supporters and even opposition figures with peerages, knighthoods and other honours. But critics suggested it was inappropriate for Truss to do so given the circumstances of her chaotic term, in which she was forced to resign after a fateful Budget that included £45bn in unfunded tax cuts and plunged markets into turmoil.

Matthew Elliott at a Vote Leave campaign event at Old Billingsgate market in 2016 © PA Archive/PA Images

Her approved nominations as peers include Matthew Elliott, the political strategist who was chief executive of the Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 EU referendum that led to the UK’s exit from the bloc. He is currently president of the Jobs Foundation, a charity that champions the positive role of business in society.

Jon Moynihan, a venture capitalist who chaired the Vote Leave finance committee will also be ennobled. He gifted £20,000 to Truss’s party leadership campaign in the summer of 2022 and a further £33,265 to Truss that September after she became prime minister.

Truss backed Remain during the EU referendum campaign in 2016, but later became a committed supporter of Brexit.

The ex-prime minister’s third approved candidate for a peerage is her former senior adviser Ruth Porter, now a managing director at strategic communications firm…

2023-12-29 17:31:28

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