Aylesbury MP and former minister for Europe David Lidington has been mentioned in a leaked document detailing Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation honours list.
The leaked document made the national news this week when The Sunday Times newspaper detailed the former prime minister’s request for honours to be given to 48 advisors, party donors and pro-EU campaigners.
Among those on the list is Mr Lidington, current leader of the House of Commons, who has been put forward for a knighthood.
The outgoing Prime Minister is entitled to publish an honours list on resignation, but neither of Mr Cameron’s predecessors, Tony Blair or Gordon Brown, chose to.
A controversial inclusion on the list is Samantha Cameron’s stylist Isabel Spearman.
The list has already sparked anger among leave campaigners and backbench MPs.
A senior minister, who did not want to be names told the Telegraph: “I don’t object to the outgoing prime minister giving rewards to people who have given long service in his office but to think people may have been influenced on their position in the referendum in a bid to be rewarded or that people like Will Straw, who have done nothing to help the Prime Minister and have probably done more to harm the Conservative Party in government, devalues the system and will make a lot of people very angry.”
Former chancellor George Osborne is to become a Companion of Honour.