David Blackburn

Full list of peerages

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Number 10 has published the full list of new peerages. There are 27 new Conservative peers, including Sir Patrick Cormack, Richard Spring, Julian Fellowes, Howard Flight, Michael Grade and Patience Wheatcroft. The Lib Dems and the Labour party have acquired15 and 10 respectively. General Dannatt is also to be ennobled, but will sit on the crossbenches, confirming his break-up from the Tory machine. Expect his strident voice to be a constant feature of the debate growing from the troubled strategic defence review.