CONGRATULATIONS to Sir Alan Beith, the former Berwick MP, on the award of a peerage
in yesterday's dissolution honours.
Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats nsisted there was no link between donors and nominations for peerages
And the PM's latest list of peerages
for pals is likely to provoke a new storm over the way his party is funded.
Also selected for a peerage
was the man behind the Ministry of Sound nightclubs.
DISGRACED MP Stephen Byers has come in for further criticism as it was revealed he will not receive a peerage
WILLIAM Hague admitted yesterday he should never have claimed Lord Ashcroft would pay "tens of millions of pounds" more in tax when he was pushing for the Tory donor to be awarded a peerage
As for the cash for peerages
investigation; the Labour government promised that the rights of non-elected peers to have their say in laws would be abolished.
Environment spokesman Chris Huhne said the Government had "effectively been selling peerages
and selling knighthoods".
Former Scottish Parliament presiding officer Lord Steel introduced a Bill which would strip anyone who has served more than a year in prison of their peerage
Downing Street refused to comment on allegations in the Daily Mail that Lord Levy brandished a list of people he wanted nominated for peerages
in the 2005 election honours.
The police inquiry began after complaints wealthy lenders were later nominated for peerages
THE Lord Chancellor has rubbished claims that peerages
were for sale.
I doubt the writer has the powers to confer peerages
on baronets, so Sir William Goring he remains.
He plans to apply for one of Tony Blair's People's Peerages
for services to TV.
A common misconception is that people get manorial titles confused with peerages
," Smith said.