Boris Johnson’s Tory-linked peerages raise fresh claims of cronyism

Almost a quarter of those ennobled in 2020 were party donors or ex-associates of PM

Almost a quarter of peerages awarded this year have been to Conservative party donors, close associates or former colleagues of Boris Johnson, according to analysis by the Guardian, which raises fresh concerns about cronyism.

On Tuesday, in a highly unusual move, the prime minister announced he had given a peerage to the Tory donor Peter Cruddas, in defiance of advice from the House of Lords.

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