John Prescott is given a peerage

John Prescott

Former deputy prime minister John Prescott has been made a peer in the Dissolution Honours List.

Mr Prescott, 71, who stepped down as an MP at the general election, was Tony Blair’s deputy for ten years.

Former Northern Ireland first minister Ian Paisley, former Tory leader Michael Howard and Gordon Brown’s long-serving aide Sue Nye were also given peerages.

Dissolution Honours Lists are made at the end of every Parliament and allow outgoing PMs to reward colleagues.

They also allow the new prime minister to appoint working peers.

Among other notable names on the list are former Labour ministers John Reid, Des Browne, John Hutton and Quentin Davies – the former Tory MP who defected to Labour.

Other Conservatives include the former chairman of the party’s influential 1922 Committee Sir Michael Spicer and the chief executive of retail chain Next Simon Wolfson.

New Liberal Democrat peers include former MPs Richard Allan, Matthew Taylor and Phil Willis and former children’s TV presenter Floella Benjamin.

The Queen has also conferred a life peerage on former Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Ian Blair.

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