Boris Johnson Honor Roll: Patel and Rees-Mogg receive honours

Former cabinet ministers Jacob Rees-Mogg and Priti Patel were made knights and dames respectively.

Former Conservative Party co-leader Ben Elliot and William Lewis, a political adviser to Mr Johnson, are also on the verge of becoming bachelors.

Former No 10 operations manager Shelley Williams-Walker will receive a lady, as will Mr Johnson’s former personal assistant, Ann Sindall.

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Former Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries and Glasgow Cop26 climate summit president Sir Alok Sharma were missing from the list after the government reportedly scraped them at the 11th hour to prevent potentially damaging by-elections in their seats.

But Ms Dorries had previously announced she was stepping down as MP “with immediate effect”, sparking a snap election campaign in her Mid Bedfordshire constituency.

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Downing Street appeared to be trying to distance Rishi Sunak from Boris Johnson’s resignation list.

The Prime Minister’s press secretary said: “As usual, the Prime Minister has forwarded the former Prime Minister’s list of nobility to Holac unchanged.

“Holac then returned their approved list.

“The Prime Minister then accepted Holac’s approved list and forwarded it unchanged to the Sovereign for approval.

“He was neither on the approved list nor involved.

“It is a fact that when a Prime Minister overrides the advice of the Commission, the Commission publishes it.”

Labour’s Angela Rayner called the roll of honor for the resignation a “disgusting insult”.

The deputy leader said: “Rather than addressing the cost of living crisis, the Tories are spending their time doling out rewards for those who have tried to cover up rule-breaking and harass a disgraced former prime minister.”

“It is a hideous insult that those who have been planning Covid parties and throwing boozy lockdown parties while families have been unable to mourn loved ones are now being presented with gongs by Rishi Sunak.”

“As Boris Johnson faces mounting allegations and investigations over his conduct, the privilege of an honor roll is spectacularly misjudged and totally undeserved.

“It is shameful that Rishi Sunak has not complied with the outrageous demands of his former boss and agreed to hand out prizes to this carousel of buddies.

“He has promised integrity but this weak Prime Minister is once again showing his appalling judgment by doing Boris Johnson’s bidding.”

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