Former Prime Minister Theresa May’s husband is expected to be a knight as part of the government’s latest list of honors.
Philip May is being honored for “political service”, according to a list of nominations published on Friday, which also showed that Jo Johnson, the brother of current Prime Minister Boris Johnson, should join the House of Lords.
Former England cricketer Sir Ian Botham, who supported Brexit, owner of the newspaper Evgeny Lebedev and former leader of Scottish conservatives Ruth Davidson will also be colleagues, along with former conservative chancellors Philip Hammond and Ken Clarke.
Image: Boris Johnson portrayed with Sir Ian Botham in 2016
The list of 36 members includes several former parliamentarians who rebelled against the labor position to support Brexit, including Kate Hoey, Ian Austin and Gisela Stuart.
The list also confirms that former Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, did not receive a pair – a break from the usual precedent, but there have been rumors for some time due to disagreements with Downing Street.
Other notable names who join the Lords are Prime Minister Sir Edward Lister’s chief adviser, head of the Claire Fox Institute of Ideas and Charles Moore, columnist for the Telegraph.
Boris Johnson’s brother, Joe, stepped down as minister and deputy in September last year, citing an “unsolvable tension” between “family loyalty and national interest”.
Image: Jo Johnson will join the House of Lords
Lebedev, the son of a former KGB agent, owns the Independent and Evening Standard – and has been friends with Johnson for a long time.
The prime minister was quickly accused of favoring raising his allies after the list of nominations was published.
Lord Speaker Lord Fowler also accused Johnson of “a massive turnaround in politics”, further increasing the size of the upper chamber.
The former conservative government minister said the House of Lords “will soon have almost 830 members” and accused the prime minister of “abandoning an established policy” to reduce its size.
“It is also a pity that the list was announced in the early days of the summer break, when no House is sitting, and the government cannot be challenged in Parliament,” said Lord Fowler.
The leader of the Liberal Democratic Lords, Lord Newby, added: “By giving a large number of comrades to his comrades, he showed that the Conservatives abandoned any claim to downsize the bloated House of Lords.”
SNP deputy Pete Wishart said the move was “the worst kind of compadrism” as he accused the prime minister of giving “friends and those who did it” jobs for life.