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Former House of Commons speaker John Bercow has been snubbed from receiving a peerage, making him the first Commons Speaker in 230 years not to be nominated for the accolade. Prime Minister Boris Johnson did, however, nominate his own brother, Jo Johnson.

Also on the list, were Remainers Philip Hammond and Ken Clarke.

Both were listed as nominations from the leader of the Conservative Party.

But, former Speaker John Bercow missed out on receiving a peerage.

Mr Bercow, who served in the position for 10 years, was put forward by former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, despite having formerly been a Conservative MP.

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Philip Hammond and John Bercow (Image: GETTY)

Boris furious after blocked peerage names

Boris furious after blocked peerage names (Image: Getty)

But concerns were raised about outstanding claims made against him by former Commons officials, which he strenuously denies.

The former Speaker previously opened up about being snubbed for a peerage.

He said last month: “I did my best – I had some successes, I had some failures.

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John Bercow snubbed for peerage

John Bercow snubbed for peerage (Image: Getty)

“I endured controversies. I made friends, I incurred enemies as well.

“It was my enormous privilege to serve for just over 10 years as the Speaker of the House of Commons.

“I’m not going to sit awake at night worrying about it, all I will say is that it was an honour to serve for longer as Speaker than any Speaker in the post-war period.

“I’m sure I didn’t please everybody, I know I didn’t. I did my best and I didn’t want to be Speaker simply so I could say to my kids or one day, god willing, my grandchildren I served as Speaker.”

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Britain’s constitution explained (Image: Express)

Lord Fowler, the Lord Speaker, hit back at the increasing number of Lords and said the House will be almost 200 greater than the House of Commons.

He said: “This list of new peers marks a lost opportunity to reduce numbers in the House of Lords.

“The result will be that the House will soon be nearly 830 strong – almost 200 greater than the House of Commons.

“That is a massive policy u-turn. It was only two years ago that the then prime minister, Mrs May, pledged herself to a policy of ‘restraint’ in the number of new appointments.

Jo Johnson handed peerage by his brother

Jo Johnson handed peerage by his brother (Image: Getty)

“It was the first time that any prime minister had made such a pledge.

“This followed a report by a special Lord Speaker’s committee chaired by Lord (Terry) Burns proposing that numbers should be reduced to 600.

“This was debated by the Lords itself with over 90 speakers, commanding overwhelming support.

“The big opportunity was for the present Government to take forward this movement for reform. I emphasise that this is not a matter of personalities. It is a question of numbers and the abandonment of an established policy to reduce the size of the House.

Former leader of Scottish Tories Ruth Davidson

Former leader of Scottish Tories Ruth Davidson (Image: Getty)

“It is also a vast pity that the list has been announced within the first few days of the summer recess when neither House is sitting, and the Government cannot be challenged in Parliament.”

Other notable names listed include the Prime Minister’s former chief strategic adviser Sir Edward Lister.

Former leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson will also head to the House of Lords.

The Liberal Democrats’ leader in the Lords, Lord Newby, said: “By giving a large number of his cronies peerages, he has shown that the Tories have abandoned any pretence of reducing the size of the bloated House of Lords.”





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