Boris Johnson doesn't deserve a resignation honours list


The Liberal Democrats have said Boris Johnson should be barred from handing out knighthoods, peerages and other honours when he steps down as Prime Minister.

The Liberal Democrats have said Boris Johnson should be barred from handing out knighthoods, peerages and other honours when he steps down as Prime Minister.

The party’s Chief Whip, Wendy Chamberlain, has written to the chairs of the House of Lords Appointments Commission and the Cabinet Office Honours Committee urging them to reject Johnson’s resignation honours list if he puts one forward. 

The Liberal Democrats are also calling on Conservative leadership candidates to oppose Johnson being given a resignation honours list, and confirm they would turn down a gong if he offered them one.

It comes after a report in the Sunday Times that Boris Johnson is considering offering peerages to a number of his allies and supporters including Nadine Dorries. Disgraced former Education Secretary Gavin Williamson was previously awarded a knighthood by Johnson despite overseeing the exams fiasco.

Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Wendy Chamberlain MP said:

“Boris Johnson has no honour, so he doesn’t deserve a resignation honours list.

“Every Conservative Party leadership candidate should come out and oppose Johnson being given an honours list, and confirm they would turn down a gong if he offered them one.

“A Prime Minister forced from office by his own lies, corruption and law-breaking shouldn’t be allowed to hand out honours to his friends on the way out. There must be no more rewards for failure.

"Allowing him to get away with this would be a stain on our democracy and on the Conservative Party.”

ENDS

Notes to Editor

See report in the Sunday Times here.

See full letters below

To: Sir Tom Scholar KCB, Chair of the main honours committee

Dear Sir Tom,

I am writing to you as chair of the main honours committee in light of the Prime Minister’s announcement that he will leave office once a new leader of the Conservative Party is in place.

As you know, it is traditional upon a Prime Minister’s departure from office for them to issue a ‘Resignation Honours’ list. This list signifies individuals who are to be rewarded with an honour from the Queen which, in turn, would be considered by your committee.

However, because of the unprecedented circumstances surrounding this Prime Minister’s departure, I am writing to urge you and the committee to reject any Resignation Honours list put forward by him.

While in office, the Prime Minister has repeatedly undermined standards in public life. He was fined by the Metropolitan Police for attending an illegal gathering at 10 Downing Street, in breach of his own Covid laws. He is currently under investigation by the House of Commons Committee of Privileges for contempt of the House. The scandal over his appointment of Christopher Pincher as Deputy Chief Whip is the latest in a long series.

We must make sure that Boris Johnson’s term as Prime Minister is treated as what it is – a stain on our democracy and a matter of shame for our country. His behaviour must not be rewarded in any way.

This means that Boris Johnson must not be allowed to give out any resignation honours. I urge you to make it clear that you and your fellow committee members would not sign off on any such honours.

I look forward to hearing from you. 

Yours sincerely,

Wendy Chamberlain

Liberal Democrat Chief Whip

Member of Parliament for North East Fife

To: Lord Bew, Chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission

Dear Lord Bew,

I am writing to you as chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission in light of the Prime Minister’s announcement that he will leave office once a new leader of the Conservative Party is in place.

As you know, it is traditional upon a Prime Minister’s departure from office for them to issue a ‘Resignation Honours’ list. This list signifies individuals who are to be rewarded with an honour from the Queen including peerages which, in turn, would be considered by your commission.

However, because of the unprecedented circumstances surrounding this Prime Minister’s departure, I am writing to urge you and the committee to reject any nominees for the House of Lords put forward by him in any Resignation Honours list.

While in office, the Prime Minister has repeatedly undermined standards in public life. He was fined by the Metropolitan Police for attending an illegal gathering at 10 Downing Street, in breach of his own Covid laws. He is currently under investigation by the House of Commons Committee of Privileges for contempt of the House. The scandal over his appointment of Christopher Pincher as Deputy Chief Whip is the latest in a long series.

We must make sure that Boris Johnson’s term as Prime Minister is treated as what it is – a stain on our democracy and a matter of shame for our country. His behaviour must not be rewarded in any way.

This means that Boris Johnson must not be allowed to give out any resignation honours, including peerages. I urge you to make it clear that the commission would not sign off on any such peerages.

I look forward to hearing from you. 

Yours sincerely,

Wendy Chamberlain

Liberal Democrat Chief Whip

Member of Parliament for North East Fife


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