Evgeny Lebedev, Jo Johnson and Ian Botham among 36 peerage nominations

Boris Johnson’s brother, Jo Johnson, the former England cricketer Sir Ian Botham and the newspaper owner Evgeny Lebedev are among 36 nominations for peerages announced by the government.

Also included on the list are Ruth Davidson, Ken Clarke, Philip Hammond and Nigel Dodds. Theresa May’s husband, Philip, will receive a knighthood.

This month Botham refused to comment on speculation he was to be awarded a life peerage as Johnson marks a year in Downing Street.

The 64-year-old former England cricketer said at the time he was respecting protocol, meaning he “cannot say anything at this stage”.

More to follow …


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