Boris Johnson to reward people who backed Brexit with life peerages

Boris Johnson is to mark his first year in Downing Street by rewarding Brexit supporters with life peerages, it has been reported.

Former England cricketer Ian Botham is among 30 new peers to be announced later this month, according to the Times. The list is also said to include four ex-Labour MPs – including Frank Field and Gisela Stuart – who both supported Brexit in the 2016 referendum.

Botham publicly supported the Brexit campaign, appearing alongside Johnson before the referendum.

Rewards and peace offerings

There will be peerages also for MPs and former Labour members Ian Austin and John Woodcock. Both backed Remain but supported Johnson’s Brexit deal. They also urged Labour voters not to support Jeremy Corbyn, the paper said.

At the same time, it was reported that Johnson will seek to heal the divisions in the Conservative party with peerages for Ken Clarke, Philip Hammond and Ed Vaizey. All three had the Tory whip withdrawn after seeking to block his efforts to reach an agreement with Brussels.

There was no immediate comment from Downing Street.

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Gisela Stuart (right) campaigned alongside Boris Johnson in the EU referendum (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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    1. So Brexit has given us our democracy back then ?

      Jobs for the boys or actually free cash for the boys with no work required, walk through front door of the Lords and out through back and you are over £300 richer !! That’s over £1500 a week but of course the country can afford that, its just nurses doctors cleaners Bus drivers social care etc etc etc that are draining our resources.

      WTF has Botham done to deserve this ? Apart from one innings of cricket that won a test match and which is subject to rumours of cheating by the Australians who all made bets on England winning despite being well on their way to winning the match themselves !!

      How long before the idiot from Wetherspoons and Farage plus his cronies get their reward for being loyal to the cause of greedy nasty lying cheating political democracy we now enjoy ?

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