Liz Truss accused of compiling ‘list of shame’ after announcing she would name four close supporters for peerages | Political news
Liz Truss has been accused of making a ‘list of shame’ following reports the former prime minister is set to name four close supporters for peerages.
Former residents of Number 10 have the right to nominate people for a seat in the House of Lords as part of their resignation honours.
But Rishi Sunak faces calls to block his predecessor’s choices, with his disastrous mini-budget who caused the pound to fall brought her leave work after only 49 days.
This made her the shortest prime minister in British political history.
According to The Sun and I newspapers, one of Mrs Trussis Conservative donor Jon Moynihan.
He donated more than £50,000 to his leadership campaign last year, according to the Register of MPs’ Financial Interests.
The other candidates, according to the papers, are former Vote Leave chief executive Matthew Elliot, aide Ruth Porter and think tank boss Mark Littlewood, whose mini-budget the Institute of Economic Affairs backed.
Mr. Elliott argued Brexit and helped found the Taxpayers’ Alliance, which lobbies for lower taxes.
Ms Porter helped spearhead Ms Truss’s leadership bid before briefly becoming her deputy chief of staff.
The Prime Minister “must block these honors”
A spokesman for the former prime minister said he could not comment on who was among the nominations, which Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner called a “list of shame”.
Ms Rayner said Ms Truss and her short-lived chancellor, Kwasi Kwartenglaunched a “wrecking ball on the economy” and demanded that the appointments be stopped.
Labor has already asked Ms Truss to refuse an annual allowance of up to £115,000 to former prime ministers to help fund their public duties.
Ms Rayner’s call was echoed by the Liberal Democrats, who said Mr Sunak ‘must block those honours’.
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Johnson’s nominees will be the first
Publication of Ms. Truss’ honorary recommendations is not expected immediately, as those of Boris Johnson are processed first.
He would have to propose his father to the knighthood.
Mr. Sunak was informed by the opposition parties to block these resignation peerages too.
There will also be honors to mark the coronation of the king May 6.