Former Prime Minister's Honour List Nominations (May 2023)

Thank you for contacting me about nominations for honours that former Prime Ministers can make.

It is a long-standing convention that individuals can be nominated for an honour or peerage in recognition of their public and political service, and that Prime Ministers can draw up a ‘Dissolution’ or ‘Resignation’ List. This originated in the 19th century and has been the case under successive governments from across the political spectrum throughout the 20th century.

I know that some people have expressed concerns about a suggestion that Boris Johnson's father may be nominated for an honour.  I do not think it is appropriate for me to comment on what is speculation or a purported leak.  What I would say is that all nominees are vetted by an Honours Committee, which is made up of a majority independent members.

There is a long-established process to nominate peers to the House of Lords, they are appointed by the King on the advice of the Prime Minister. Any nominations by the former Prime Minister, Liz Truss, in her resignation honours would have to be vetted by the House of Lords Appointments Commission to ensure the highest standards of propriety.


Yours sincerely


Sally-Ann Hart MP