Theresa May breaks from Cameron ‘cronyism’ by telling MPs who are standing down they won’t receive honours : The Telegraph

Theresa May has signalled an end to cronyism in the honours system by becoming the first prime minister not to publish a dissolution honours list in more than 60 years.

MPs who have chosen not to stand for re-election in June have been told not to expect an award, The Telegraph can disclose.

Mrs May wants a clean break from the tradition of prime ministers using honours lists to reward close aides and advisers.

Her predecessor, David Cameron, was accused of degrading the honours system last year when he showered awards on party donors and Downing Street staff including his wife Samantha’s stylist and two of his former drivers.

Mr Cameron created 13 Tory life peers in his resignation honours, including No 10 political aides Gabrielle Bertin and Camilla Cavendish.

If Mrs May had created a dissolution honours list, it would have been the seventh honours list since the last election, following the 2015 dissolution honours, Mr Cameron’s resignation honours, as well as the regular New Year and Queen’s Birthday honours lists.

Ten Conservative MPs, including long-serving members such as Peter Lilley, Sir Gerald Howarth and Sir Eric Pickles, are leaving the Commons, and might ordinarily have expected recognition for their service in the form of peerages, knighthoods or OBEs.

However, No 10 has told them privately that they should not expect an honour.

Aides who have quit Downing Street, including Mrs May’s communications director Katie Perrior, have also been told there will be nothing for them.

One source said he had been told that “there is not going to be a dissolution honours list”.

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2 Comments

  1. “Ten Conservative MPs, including long-serving members such as Peter Lilley, Sir Gerald Howarth and Sir Eric Pickles, are leaving the Commons, and might ordinarily have expected recognition for their service in the form of peerages, knighthoods or OBEs.”

    Gerald Howarth and Eric Pickles are already ‘Sirs’, so have already been honoured. Does that not give them automatic rights to the house of Lords?

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