James Arbuthnot Former MP for North East Hampshire and frontbench minister.
Gregory Barker Former MP for Bexhill and Battle in East Sussex and former minister at the Department for Energy and Climate Change.
Catherine Fall Deputy chief of staff to the prime minister.
Simone Finn Special adviser to the minister of state for trade.
Stephen Gilbert Deputy chairman of the Conservative party.
William Hague Former foreign secretary and was MP for Richmond in North Yorkshire between 1989 and 2015. Hague first made his name at the age of 16 when he gave a speech at the Conservative party’s 1977 national conference.
Douglas Hogg QC
Hogg served as minister of agriculture, fisheries and food in John Major’s Conservative government. He stepped down at the 2010 election, after 31 years as MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham in Lincolnshire, shortly after he was alleged to have claimed £2,000 in expenses to maintain a moat around his country estate, which he had listed as a second home.
The story became the most widely remembered of the 2009 expenses scandal, though Hogg denied that public money had ever been used specifically to clear his moat and said the charge had simply appeared in a breakdown of expenses incurred for the maintenance of his home for which he did not expect full reimbursement. Hogg was nonetheless ordered to repay the money by the Conservative party leadership.
Both Hogg and his wife Sarah Hogg have inherited peerages in their own right, which no longer come with a seat in the Lords.
Lansley was MP for South Cambridgeshire between 1997 and 2015. He was health secretary from 2010 to 2012, after being shadow secretary of state for health between 2004 and 2010. Lansley was the architect of the government’s Health and Social Care Act 2012, which allowed GP consortia to take over management of the NHS from primary care trusts.
The act was widely opposed by healthcare groups. 96% of the delegates at the 2011 Royal College of Nursing conference backed a motion of no confidence in Lansley’s handling of the reforms and the doctors meeting at a British Medical Association conference in June 2012 voted in favour of calling for his resignation.
The City financier James Lupton has donated almost £3m to the Conservative party and was a supporter of Kids Company, the controversial charity that announced its closure earlier this month.
At the Conservatives’ lavish Black and White Ball in February, a key pre-election fundraising event for the party, Lupton donated the most expensive item in the auction – a week-long trip at his La Fortaleza estate in Mallorca – which went for £220,000.
La Fortaleza, which includes a 17th century fortress and helipad, is estimated to be worth more than £50m and is part of Lupton’s £130m fortune.
Lupton made his millions as the chairman of investment bank Greenhill Europe. Greenhill’s clients include Tesco, GlaxoSmithKline and the London Stock Exchange, and it worked on the sale of taxpayer-owned Northern Rock to Virgin Money in 2011. He set up Greenhill’s London office in 1998 after holding a senior role at Barings Bank until its collapse.
Lupton is co-treasurer of the Conservative party as well as one of its biggest donors. He is a regular attendee at dinners held by the Leader’s Group, an exclusive club that requires a minimum donation of more than £50,000 a year to the Conservatives and offers access to senior cabinet ministers.
His peerage has been announced as Lupton has found himself embroiled in controversy over his links to Kids Company.
Lupton was a donor to Kids Company and gave £250,000 to the Conservatives just days before £3m of public money was handed to the charity against the advice of civil servants.
The banker has admitted discussing the “long-term financial sustainability” of the charity earlier this year with its founder Camila Batmanghelidjh and the Department for Education. However, Lupton has insisted that he played no role in the government’s decision to hand £3m to Kids Company.
There is no suggestion that his donation to the Conservatives was improper, but Labour MPs have demanded an investigation into Lupton’s role in the £3m grant to the charity.
Lupton did not return calls seeking comment about his peerage.
Ruby McGregor-Smith, the chief executive of facilities management company Mitie, has been made a peer after supporting David Cameron and George Osborne’s public spending cuts and having served as a business ambassador for the prime minister.
The Mitie boss is also chairman of the Women’s Business Council, which was launched in 2012 by Theresa May, the home hecretary, and reports to the government.
Mitie banked £800m of revenues from the public sector in the past year, more than a third of its entire business, and is now the largest provider of immigration detention services to the Home Office.
McGregor-Smith earned £1.5m for the company’s performance in the past year and is sitting on Mitie shares worth a further £1.7m.
However, MiHomecare, which is part of Mitie, has faced criticism for failing to pay care workers the minimum wage.
McGregor-Smith, a mother of two, was the first Asian female chief executive ever appointed to a FTSE 100 or FTSE 250 company.
She was born in India in 1963 and moved to the UK two years later.
After studying at a comprehensive school in north London, she completed an economics degree at Kingston University.
McGregor-Smith began her career as an accountant before moving into the corporate world. She was appointed the chief executive of Mitie, which has 70,000 employees, in 2007 and since then has become one of the country’s highest profile female business leaders.
McGregor-Smith signed a letter backing Cameron and Osborne’s spending cuts in 2010 as the chancellor prepared to unveil his comprehensive spending review, which confirmed that almost half a million public sector jobs would be lost.
“Addressing the debt problem in a decisive way will improve business and consumer confidence,” the letter said. “Reducing the deficit more slowly would mean additional borrowing every year, higher national debt, and therefore higher spending on interest payments.”
In a statement about the peerage, Mitie said: “We are very pleased about it. It is a recognition of what she has achieved for the UK. She will remain fully-focused on Mitie and making it a successful business.”
Michelle Mone, the lingerie tycoon, has been awarded a seat at the House of Lords to go with her new role as entrepreneurship tsar.
The peerage for Mone will be seen as a reward for the Scottish entrepreneur opposing Scottish independence and speaking out in favour of the Conservatives in the runup to the election.
“I have always been Labour through and through,” she said during the election campaign. “But I think the Conservatives did inherit a really bad business five years ago, and I think they’ve done a hell of a good job.”
Mone grew up in the east end of Glasgow before founding lingerie brand Ultimo. However, she left Scotland and now lives in London after facing an “extremely vitriolic social media hate campaign” because of her support for the union ahead of the referendum last year.
She has since described her support for the Better Together campaign as one of the proudest moments of her life.
As part of her role as entrepreneurship tsar, Mone will carry out a review of how to encourage new businesses in areas of high unemployment and make recommendations to the government early next year.
Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, said there was “no one I can think of that is better qualified to help young entrepreneurs from deprived backgrounds to turn a good idea into a flourishing business”.
However, her appointment attracted criticism. Douglas Anderson, a director at the Glasgow-based tool and plant hire company GAP Group, said her businesses were “excessively over-promoted PR minnows”.
Mone took to Twitter on Thursday to welcome the peerage. “Honoured and humbled that PM has placed me into the House of Lords,” she said. “I promise to work very hard for our country. This one is for you mum and dad.”
James O’Shaughnessy Managing director of Floreat Education, which is planning to set up a chain of free primary schools in London.
Andrew Robathan Former MP for South Leicestershire, he has held several frontbench and government roles.
Philip Smith Chief executive of the Association of Conservative Clubs.
Stroud is a long-standing special adviser to work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith and co-founder of the Centre for Social Justice, a rightwing research and lobby group focusing on poverty. In 2012, Stroud came in for criticism when it was found that she was still being paid by the thinktank at the same time as it was lobbying the Department for Work and Pensions.
Stroud, who spent 17 years working on poverty-fighting projects before founding the CSJ, has been a Conservative parliamentary candidate twice, coming third in Birmingham Ladywood in 2005 and losing out to the Liberal Democrats in Sutton and Cheam in 2010.
Willetts was universities and science minister from 2010 until July 2014, overseeing the coalition’s controversial policy of tripling university tuition fees.
In 2011, Willetts was criticised for saying at a launch of the government’s social mobility strategy that movement between the classes had stagnated over the previous 40 years because of the rise of gender equality. “The feminist revolution in its first round effects was probably the key factor,” he said. “Feminism trumped egalitarianism. It is not that I am against feminism, it’s just that is probably the single biggest factor.”
Willetts started his career as Nigel lawson’s private researcher before taking charge of the Treasury monetary policy division aged just 26 and moving to Thatcher’s policy unit by the age of 28. He stood down as MP for Havant after 23 years before this May’s general election.
George Young Former MP for North West Hampshire and a former cabinet minister.
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Alan Beith Former MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland, and former chair of the justice select committee.
Sharon Bowles Former MEP for South East England.
Malcolm Bruce Was MP for Gordon in Aberdeenshire between 1983 and 2015, losing his seat to the former first minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, in May’s general election. He was the chairman of the international development select committee from 2005 to 2015 and deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats from 28 January 2014 until the general election.
Lorely BurtBurt was MP for Solihull from 2005 to 2015. During her time in parliament she was elected as the party’s first female chair of the Liberal Democrats’ parliamentary party and served as parliamentary private secretary to chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander. She held her seat by 175 votes in 2010 and lost in May to the Conservatives by 13,000 votes.
Menzies ‘Ming’ Campbell
Campbell is the former MP for North East Fife and was leader of the Liberal Democrats for almost two years in 2006 and 2007. Before politics, he was an Olympic sprinter, holding the British 100 metres record from 1967 to 1974. He later became a QC and then entered parliament in 1987 after several unsuccessful attempts. In his parliamentary career, Campbell was initially best known for opposing the second Gulf war – at a time when he had just been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – and passionately opposing the Iraq war. He became his party’s leader when Charles Kennedy resigned but struggled with poor ratings and ended up stepping down in autumn 2007. He has subsequently said that he thinks he suffered ageism and did not enjoy the bear pit of prime minister’s questions. Campbell was knighted in 2004 for services to parliament and appointed Companion to the Order of the Companions of Honour in 2013.
Lynne FeatherstoneFeatherstone was MP for Hornsey and Wood Green between 2005 and 2015 and held several ministerial positions under the coalition, equalities minister and parliamentary under-secretary of state for international development. She lost her seat to Labour in May by over 11,000 votes.
Don FosterFormer MP for Bath and former Liberal Democrat chief whip.
Jonny OatesOates was Nick Clegg’s chief of staff when he was deputy prime minister. Before being appointed to that role he was director of policy and communications for the Liberal Democrats and was given the role of director of general election communications for the 2010 general election.
Shas SheehanFormer councillor for Kew and involved in several community groups.
Andrew StunellFormer MP for Hazel Grove and former local government minister.
Dorothy ThornhillMayor of Watford.
Blunkett served as education secretary, home secretary and finally work and pensions secretary under Tony Blair, after being elected as MP for Sheffield Brightside in 1987. During his parliamentary career, he twice resigned from cabinet posts but told local party members earlier this year that standing down at the 2015 election was “by far the most difficult political decision I have ever made, in a lifetime of extremely difficult decisions”.
He stepped down as home secretary in 2004 after a visa application for ex-lover Kimberly Quinn’s nanny was fast-tracked. An official inquiry found a “chain of events” linking Blunkett to the speeding up of a visa application. Less than 12 months later his return to the cabinet as work and pensions secretary ended in resignation amid a row over his business interests.
Alistair DarlingDarling served as chancellor of the exchequer in Gordon Brown’s government, overseeing the bailout of Northern Rock and the subsequent credit crunch. He was MP for Edinburgh South West from 1987 until May’s election and headed up the Better Together campaign in the Scottish independence referendum.
Hain held a number of cabinet briefs in the Blair and Brown era, including Wales, Northern Ireland and work and pensions. However, he was forced to resign as work and pensions secretary in 2008 after being found to have failed to declare donations during his campaign to be deputy leader of the Labour party – a contest in which he came fifth out of six.
Having grown up in South Africa, Hain later became leader of the anti-apartheid movement and the Anti-Nazi League in Britain during the 1970s and 1980s. Over his five decades in politics, he has written or edited 21 books – including a biography of Nelson Mandela and a book on the future of socialism published this year. At one point, he also chaired the UN security council, and negotiated international treaties curbing nuclear proliferation and banning the conflict-inducing trade in blood diamonds. He stood down as MP for Neath after 24 years in May’s general election.
Tessa JowellA frontrunner to be selected as Labour’s candidate for mayor of London, Jowell stood down as MP for Dulwich and West Norwood in May after 23 years. She served as culture secretary under Tony Blair and both as minister for the Olympics and minister for London under Gordon Brown.
Spencer LivermoreLivermore served as Labour’s general election campaign director for the 2015 general election. During Labour’s 13 years in government he served as director of strategy to the prime minister and as chief strategy adviser to the chancellor of the exchequer. He was a senior adviser to Labour during the 1997, 2001 and 2005 general election campaigns.
Paul MurphyFormer MP for Torfaen and former cabinet minister.
Dawn PrimaroloFormer MP for Bristol South and former minister.
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