Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Big donors are among new peers

Major donors to each of the three big political parties were included on a list of 30 new peers appointed to the House of Lords yesterday.

The working peers, nominated by the party leaders and cleared by independent House of Lords Appointments Commission, included JCB boss Sir Anthony Bamford, whose family and firm have given £2.5m to the Conservatives, Scottish businessman Sir William Haughey, who has given £1.3m to Labour, and Domino's Pizza entrepreneur Rumi Verjee, who has given more than £800,000 to the Liberal Democrats.

Also ennobled were justice campaigner Doreen Lawrence, who becomes a baroness on the Labour benches, journalist Daniel Finkelstein, made a Tory lord, and nightclub developer James Palumbo who is elevated to the peerage for the Liberal Democrats.

The list includes the first Green to be appointed a peer – London Assembly member and former deputy mayor Jenny Jones, who was selected by a party ballot.

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