Botham and PM’s brothers to join the House of Lords


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Former England cricket captain Sir Ian Botham is scheduled to join the House of Lords, the government has confirmed.

The 64-year-old, a strong supporter of Brexit, is one of 36 newcomers, including former Chancellors Ken Clarke and Philip Hammond.

Jo Johnson, younger brother of the Prime Minister who stepped down last year to join the government’s policy, will join him.

Former Labor MPs Frank Field, Kate Hoye and Gisela Stuart also become co-workers.

And Philip May, the husband of former Prime Minister Theresa May, receives a knighthood for “political service”.

Sir Ian, who played 102 Test matches for England between 1977 and 1992, is an advocate for field sports and a prominent Brexit supporter, recognized in 2007 for his services and charity.

His most famous moment on the field came in 1981 when he inspired a sensational defeat of Australia. After retirement, he became a commentator and started his own wine label.

He would sit as a crossbench – independent – peer.

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Ruth Davidson stayed away from frontline politics last year

John Johnson, who stood as MP in the December general election, resigned from the government in September last year, saying he was “torn between family loyalty and national interest”.

Mr Clarke and Mr Hammond were among 21 Conservative MPs who lost a party whip last autumn when they revolted against Mr Johnson to prevent Brexit for a deal.

Ruth Davidson – who left work as a Scottish Tory leader last August after eight years, said the idea of ​​being away from her young son for a long time filled her with “fear” – also became a peer .

‘Massive U-turn’

Lord Fowler, the Speaker of the House of Lords, criticized the decision to award the 36 fellows, calling the list “a lost opportunity to reduce the number”.

He said: “The result will be that the House will soon be about 830 strong – about 200 more than the House of Commons. This is a huge policy U-turn.”

Evgeny Lebedev, the Independent and owner of the London Evening Standard, becomes a peer, as does Charles Moore, former Daily Telegraph editor and ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher biographer.

Other politicians who have entered the House of Lords include former Conservative Party President Sir Patrick McLaughlin, former Tory Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and Nigel Dodds, who were previously deputy leaders of the Democratic Unionist Party.

Among the Labor MPs who were honored, Ms. Hoe and Ms. Stuart were prominent pro-Brexit campaigners during the 2016 EU referendum.

Lord Newby, the Liberal Democrat leader in the House of Lords, said: “Given the large number of his cronies, [Mr Johnson] This suggests that the Tories have given up any pretense of reducing the size of the bloated House of Lords. “

For the SNP, MP Pete Vissert accused the Prime Minister of “handing over jobs to the unequal House of Lords and favoring them”.

“The idea of ​​meeting the Prime Minister’s level involves his cronies, harming policymakers, and family members for a lifetime as job legislators – any democratic mandate or accountability to people in Britain Is not.

“It is the worst kind of chronism that only exposes a rotten Westminster system that is distinct from reality.”

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