Full list: New life peers announced by the Government



Downing street has today announced a list of 22 new life peers including The Apprentice star Karren Brady and Sir Stuart Rose, the Marks and Spencer chief turned NHS advisor.

Of the 22, there are 12 new Conservative peers, six Liberal Democrats, three Labour and one Democratic Unionist. Half are women.

The number of Liberal peers is in three figures for the first time since the late 1920s, underlining the significant role the party’s peers may play after the general election, even if Nick Clegg’s party is not asked or is unwilling to create a second coalition.

Ukip complained that the Prime Minister had denied Nigel Farage’s party any peerages, despite its strong showing in the European and local elections.

Here is the list in full:


The new Conservative peers

  • Karren Brady, vice-chairman of West Ham United FC and senior non-executive director of the Syco and Arcadia brands
  • Martin Callanan, former Conservative MEP for North East of England
  • Carlyn Chisholm, co-chairman of the Conservative candidates committee
  • Andrew Cooper, former Conservative Party director of political operations, founder of pollsters Populus
  • Natalie Evans, director of the New Schools Network, the charity advising groups on how to set up free schools
  • Michael Farmer, founding partner of RK Mine Finance group, trustee of the Kingham Hill Trust and Conservative Party treasurer
  • Dido Harding, chief executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC
  • Arminka Helic, government special adviser on preventing sexual violence in conflict zones
  • Nosheena Mobarik, businesswomen, founder of the Scotland Pakistan Network
  • Sir Stuart Rose, former chief executive and chairman of Marks & Spencer
  • Joanna Shields, digital adviser to David Cameron, chairwoman of Tech City UK
  • Ranbir Singh Suri, businessman, formerly general secretary of the Board of British Sikhs

The new Labour peers

  • Michael Cashman, former MEP for West Midlands MEP, former actor
  • Chris Lennie, former deputy secretary general of the Labour Party
  • Dame Gail Rebuck, chairman of Penguin Random House UK publishers

The new Liberal Democrat peers

  • Chris Fox, PR director at GKN engineering and former Lib Dem chief executive
  • David Goddard, former leader of Stockport Council
  • Barbara Janke, former leader of Bristol City Council
  • Kath Pinnock, former leader of Kirklees Council
  • Paul Scriven, former leader of Sheffield City Council
  • Dr Julie Smith, senior lecturer in international relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), Cambridge University

The Democratic Unionist Party has nominated William Hay MLA, the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, who has chosen to sit on the crossbenches.


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