Boris Johnson’s brother and Theresa May’s husband rewarded in UK honors list

Jo Johnson is among the honors list | Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Boris Johnson’s brother and Theresa May’s husband rewarded in UK honors list

Cricketer Ian Botham and newspaper owner Evgeny Lebedev also appointed to House of Lords.


7/31/20, 5:16 PM CET

Updated 7/31/20, 7:43 PM CET

LONDON — Boris Johnson nominated his brother Jo, Brexit-backing former England cricketer Ian Botham and the Russian newspaper owner Evgeny Lebedev for the U.K. parliament’s unelected House of Lords.

The list of nominations also includes senior former Conservative politicians including ex-Chancellors Philip Hammond and Ken Clarke, and former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.

Johnson’s chief of staff at No. 10, Eddie Lister, is nominated as is the former Brexit Party MEP Claire Fox. Brexit-backing former Labour MPs Gisela Stuart, Frank Field and Kate Hoey are also nominated as independent peers.

Former Prime Minister Theresa May’s husband Philip, a financier, is knighted in the same list of new honors for “services to politics.”

Botham and Lebedev will sit as crossbench peers. The former is a supporter of Brexit, while the latter is the son of a former KGB agent and owner of both the Independent newspaper and the London Evening Standard, which supported Johnson in his time as London mayor. In 2018, while foreign secretary, Johnson attended a weekend-long party hosted by Lebedev at an Italian castle.

England batsman Ian Botham supported Brexit | Adrian Murrell/Allsport via Getty Images

Jo Johnson is a former government minister who resigned in 2018 to campaign for a second Brexit referendum,

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