POLL: Should Rishi Sunak cancel Boris Johnson’s resignation honours list?
Jacob Rees-Mogg defends 'diligent' Boris Johnson
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been urged to delay or cancel Boris Johnson’s resignation honours list after the former Prime Minister was referred to police over further Partygate allegations.
Critics have called for the list of around 50 nominations, which are thought to be nearing approval, to be halted.
Labour’s Deputy Leader Angela Rayner said the list should not go ahead: “With the disgraced former prime minister now facing new allegations and under multiple investigations, there should be no question of Rishi Sunak approving honours for his cronies and cheerleaders.
“The Prime Minister should refuse to do Boris Johnson’s bidding and make it clear that he will reject these demands. His top priority right now should be tackling the cost of living crisis facing ordinary people, not handing out more rewards for 13 years of Tory failure.”
Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat chief whip Wendy Chamberlain said: “The days of exiting prime ministers nominating peers should be left in the past, particularly when they leave under a cloud of scandal like Boris Johnson. At the very least, Rishi Sunak must step in and delay this list while Johnson is under police investigation.”
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Some members of the Conservative Party are also concerned about Mr Sunak going ahead with the list, which is set to hand peerages to three serving MPs and trigger by-elections.
One Tory MP said it “does not make sense” for peerages to be given to Nadine Dorries, Alok Sharma and Nigel Adams as it would be a “nightmare” for Conservative party headquarters.
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