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DUP's William Hay becomes member of the House of Lords

The DUP's William Hay has become a member of the House of Lords.

The current Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly said he was "delighted but humbled at the announcement".

"When I first entered politics in Londonderry, I would never have imagined that I would have had the opportunities which have been presented to me, particularly in recent years," he said.

DUP leader Peter Robinson congratulated his colleague on the appointment.

"I have known the Hay family since the formation of the DUP and William has been an excellent public representative for the people of Londonderry for over thirty years," he said.

Meanwhile, businesswoman Karren Brady and the former Marks and Spencer store chief Sir Stuart Rose are among 12 new Conservative working peers appointed by David Cameron, Downing Street has said.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has appointed six new Liberal Democrat peers, including the party's former chief executive Chris Fox, while Ed Miliband has added three new Labour peers, among them the former EastEnders' actor Michael Cashman.

The Conservative list also includes the party's former director of political operations, Andrew Cooper, party co-treasurer Michael Farmer and the former Tory leader in the European Parliament, Martin Callanan.

TalkTalk chief executive Dido Harding, businesswoman and former general secretary of the Board of British Sikhs Ranbir Suri, Mr Cameron's digital adviser Joanna Shields, and the director of the New Schools Network charity Natalie Evans also join the Conservative ranks in the Lords.

The Tory list is completed by Arminka Helic, the Government's leading adviser on preventing sexual violence in conflict, Nosheena Mobarik a former chairman of CBI Scotland and chairman of the Pakistan Britain Trade and Investment Forum, and Carlyn Chisholm, a senior volunteer in the party.

The Lib Dem list is largely made up of former council leaders, including Paul Scriven from Sheffield, David Goddard from Stockport, Barbara Janke from Bristol, and Kath Pinnock from Kirklees. It is completed by Cambridge academic and city councillor Julie Smith.

The other Labour appointees are publisher and Penguin Random House chairman Dame Gail Rebuck and the party's former deputy secretary general Chris Lennie.

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