Liz’s team are in line for honours… after just 44 days work: Aide ‘pushed for advisers to get knighthoods’ following seven weeks in the job with ex-PM in line for £115k-a-year as she puts her out of office on
- Liz Truss’s closest advisers could be named on her resignation honours list
- Chief of staff Mark Fullbrook and special adviser Jason Stein mooted candidates
- The suggestion has sparked furious criticism from rival political parties
- Comes days after controversy over her taxpayer-funded £115k allowance
Liz Truss could shower her closest allies with knighthoods and peerages as part of a controversial resignation honours list despite serving as Prime Minister for less than two months.
Mark Fullbrook, the former premier’s chief of staff, is understood to have suggested she reward her outgoing staff and advisers with gongs.
Key members of Miss Truss’s team and senior donors could receive knighthoods or peerages regardless of her disastrously short tenure.
Those in line to receive honours could include Mr Fullbrook, and special adviser Jason Stein, who was suspended last week over a critical briefing about Sajid Javid.
Other names touted include policy adviser Jamie Hope, head of strategy Iain Carter economic adviser Matthew Sinclair and deputy chief of staff, Ruth Porter.
It was also suggested last night that Fullbrook had pushed for an honour himself, but this was denied by sources close to the former adviser.
Downing Street sources insisted it would be following convention for an outgoing Prime Minister to issue such a list. Opposition parties have already widely rounded on the suggestion.
Willie Sullivan, of the Electoral Reform Society, said: ‘If Liz Truss chooses to pack the Lords with new peers on leaving office, it will only further damage Westminster’s legitimacy at a time when public faith in politics is already stretched to the limit.’
Former Prime Minister Liz Truss is pictured outside 10 Downing Street on Tuesday, October 25 as she formally resigned following her disastrously short tenure
A removal van pictured outside Downing Street delivers former Prime Minister Liz Truss’s belongings back to her family home
Mark Fullbrook, the former premier’s chief of staff, (pictured) is understood to have suggested she reward her outgoing staff and advisers with peerages. Sources close to the adviser last night rejected claims he had pushed for his own gong
Over the weekend, the outgoing Prime Minister held a series of farewell events for MPs and staff at Chequers on her final weekend in post.
The departing premier, who resigned this week after a disastrous spell in No 10, used the grace-and-favour mansion in Buckinghamshire for a string of goodbye parties.
It was suggested that her mooted honours list could be as controversial as Harold Wilson’s notorious 1976 ‘Lavender List’ in which a number of recipients were rich businessmen.
Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resignation honours list has not yet been published.
It comes days after a backlash broke out over Miss Truss’s controversial compensation package following the dramatic collapse of her premiership.
The ex-PM is in line for a near-£20,000 payout and a taxpayer-funded allowance of up to £115,000-a-year following her resignation after just 44 days in office.
The Public Duty Costs Allowance (PDCA) was introduced in 1991 in the wake of the resignation of Margaret Thatcher to ‘assist former prime ministers still active in public life’.
A London-based removal van is pictured outside Whitehall after Rishi Sunak was confirmed as Britain’s youngest ever Prime Minister on Tuesday
Liz Truss, pictured leaving Downing Street on Friday, used Chequers for a string of goodbye parties over the weekend
A Downing Street source revealed the PM – at her personal expense – had gathered MPs and staff at the 16th-century manor house in Buckinghamshire to thank them
They are entitled to the money for the rest of their lives, unless they take up another public appointment.
Former PMs have to supply supporting documents – such as salary details for staff, or travel receipts – in order to receive the cash.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said it would be ‘the right thing to do’ for Miss Truss not to claim any of the allowance.
He added: ‘She’s done 44 days in office, she’s not really entitled to it, she should turn it down and not take it’.
Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats were accused of hypocrisy after calling for Miss Truss to turn down the £115,000 annual allowance – despite the fact their former leader Sir Nick Clegg claimed it for four years after his party was annihilated in 2015.
Sir Tony Blair still claims the full allowance despite being a millionaire. One Tory MP said: ‘The hypocrisy of the Left is always breathtaking. It knows no bounds.’
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