Former England captain Ian Botham to join House of Lords

Leader of the Scottish Conservatives and Unionists Ruth Davidson addresses delegates during a speech at the Conservative Party Conference at the ICC in Birmingham England. British Prime Minister Boris John

Former England captain Ian Botham to join House of Lords

A government spokeswoman responded: "As has been the case under successive administrations, distinguished individuals are periodically appointed as peers to enable the House of Lords to fulfil its role as a revising and scrutinising chamber while respecting the primacy of the Commons".

Aside from placing his own brother in the House of Lords, the PM also nominated cricketer Sir Ian Botham, his personal friend and owner of the Independent and Evening Standard - Evgeny Lebedev - and former Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson. Live News Breaking And Coronavirus Updates on August 1, 2020.

Johnson also picked Conservative former chancellors Ken Clarke and Philip Hammond for peerages, after he stripped them of the Tory whip after they defied him over Brexit.

The former captain has played 102 Test matches between 1977 and 1992.

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Also Read | Donald Trump Admin Signs Deal for 100 Million Doses of Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine From Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline at $2.1 Billion. He was knighted in 2007 in recognition of his services to charity and cricket. He went on to quit his brother's Cabinet previous year after citing an "unresolvable tension" between loyalty to his brother and national interest.

The Prime Minister's brother was among those nominated for peerages.

Philip May, the husband of Theresa May, Boris Johnson's predecessor in Downing Street, will also receive a knighthood.

Former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is on the list, along with Johnson's chief of staff Eddie Lister and the prime minister's anti-Brexit brother Jo Johnson, who quit the government past year in opposition to its policies.

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Darren Hughes, the chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said: "By appointing a host of ex-MPs, party loyalists and his own brother, the PM is inviting total derision".

Nigel Dodds was nominated as the former Westminster leader of the DUP.

The House of Lords has more than 800 members, and despite perennial complaints that the number is far too high and the nominations process opaque and prone to cronyism, prime ministers from all sides have enthusiastically added to its numbers.

Transparency International UK said House of Lords appointments "should only be on merit and never in return for anything, be that loyalty, vocal support or party funds raised".

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