Boris Johnson introduced his brother Jo Johnson, several top Tories and his chief strategic advisor for peerages, while many Brexit supporters are also expected to head to the Lords after Downing Street revealed his new list on Friday. But Jeremy Corbyn’s announced appointment, John Bercow, was snubbed as previous speakers secured a House of Lords seat after leaving their posts.
Philip May, the husband of Theresa May, Boris Johnson’s predecessor in Downing Street, will also receive the knighthood.
The peer list includes former MPs who rebelled against the Labor stance in support of Brexit, including Kate Hoey, Ian Austin, Frank Field and Gisela Stuart.
But Mr Johnson chose former Tory chancellors Ken Clarke and Philip Hammond for the peerage, having stripped them of the Tory whip after challenging him over Brexit.
He also chose his own brother Jo, who dealt a heavy blow to his older brother by resigning from his cabinet citing “the national interest”.
And Mr Johnson appointed his chief strategic adviser Sir Edward Lister, a longtime ally of the Prime Minister who backed him as mayor of London.
But there is no sign of Mr Bercow, who was snubbed from the list, after his retirement.
Discussing his disappointment at not winning a seat in the House of Lords after serving as Speaker for 10 years, he previously said that the issue of the “long-standing convention” of granting a peerage to Presidents was “best decided by other people”.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions show earlier this year: “It has been my immense privilege to serve for just over 10 years as Speaker of the House of Commons.
“I’m not going to stay up at night worrying about it, all I’ll say is that it was an honor to serve as a speaker longer than any speaker in the period after. -war.
“I’m sure everyone didn’t like me, I know I didn’t. I did my best and didn’t want to be the speaker just so I could tell my kids or someday, God willing, my grandchildren I served as the speaker.
“I tried to make a difference. ”
After ten years in Parliament, Mr Bercow resigned as president in 2019 and lamented Brexit as Britain’s biggest mistake since World War II.
Mr Bercow argued that during his tenure as president, he always acted impartially and refused to let his opinions govern how he behaved in his role.
But the President was a constant thorn alongside Brexiteers, and his behavior in his final months has drawn criticism from Brexit supporters who have claimed he was trying to thwart the process of the UK’s withdrawal from the ‘EU with many of its decisions.
The controversial former president held a front row seat and has often played a central role in the Brexit crisis that has stifled the UK since the EU referendum in June 2016.
He has been criticized on several occasions for undermining the government’s Brexit plans and has been accused of “unilaterally chaining the rules” to allow the Tory Remainers to take control of the Commons.
For example, he authorized a motion to vote on Bill Benn, which was eventually passed and forced the Prime Minister to ask for a postponement of Brexit to the EU.
Mr Bercow has previously admitted to having ‘played a role’ in blocking a no-deal Brexit.
And just days after stepping down as Speaker of the House of Commons, he sparked fury by calling Brexit “the biggest foreign policy mistake of the post-war period.”
Mr Bercow said he would “no longer remain impartial” after stepping down for ten years.