Prime Minister's Resignation Honours

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The Prime Minister's Resignation Honours in the United Kingdom are honours granted at the behest of an outgoing Prime Minister following his or her resignation. In such a list, a Prime Minister may ask the monarch to bestow peerages, or lesser honours, on any number of people of his or her choosing. In 1997, an additional 47 working peers were created at the behest of the three main parties.

HistoryEdit

Since May 2007, the House of Lords Appointments Commission has had to approve proposed peerages, while oversight by the Honours Committee within the Cabinet Office ensures that other honours are appropriate.[1][2] Some previous lists had attracted criticism. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair did not issue a list by June 2007, apparently because of the "Cash for Honours" scandal.[3] Gordon Brown did not publish a resignation honours list either,[4][5] but a dissolution list was issued on his advice (to similar effect).[6]

David Cameron revived the practice in his Resignation Honours published in August 2016, following his resignation a month earlier.[7] Some names on the list were leaked to the press several days in advance.[8] A number of proposed recipients were reportedly blocked on ethical grounds.[9] His successor, Theresa May, followed suit in September 2019.[10][11]

ControversyEdit

The 1976 Resignation Honours of Harold Wilson—which became known as the "Lavender List"—had caused controversy as a number of recipients were wealthy businessmen whose principles were considered antithetic to those held by the Labour Party at the time.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Blair's resignation honours list to be vetted The Guardian, 15 May 2007
  2. ^ PM resignation gongs to be vetted BBC News, 16 May 2007
  3. ^ "Blair misses deadline for resignation honours". The Guardian. 22 June 2007.
  4. ^ Moss, Vincent (16 May 2010). "Gordon Brown to award peerages to John Prescott and Sue Nye". Mirror Online. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Harman 'blocks' Brown's resignation honours list". PoliticsHome. Dods Parliamentary Communications. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011.
  6. ^ Kennedy, Maev (1 August 2016). "From Lloyd George to the lavender list: the history of honours scandals". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Resignation Honours 2016". Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  8. ^ Hope, Christopher; Swinford, Steven (12 July 2016). "Number 10 aides Ed Llewellyn and Craig Oliver to top 'Dave's cronies' resignation honours list". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  9. ^ Stone, Jon (22 July 2016). "David Cameron's farewell honours list blocked by Whitehall over 'ethical' suitability of some appointments". The Independent. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Boycott 'doesn't give a toss' about award critics". BBC News. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Resignation Honours 2019". Cabinet Office. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2019 – via Gov.UK.