Indian-origin educational Prem Sikka, an Emeritus Professor of Accounting on the University of Sheffield in northern England, is amongst 36 new friends within the UK’s House of Lords.
Former England cricket group captain Sir Ian Botham and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s youthful brother and former MP, Jo Johnson, are additionally amongst those that will now go on to change into Lords after the listing of peerages, advisable by the federal government, have been confirmed by Queen Elizabeth II on Friday.
“The call for social justice and emancipatory change needs to be heard in all quarters, inside and outside Parliament,” mentioned Mr Sikka, who was nominated within the Political Peerages class by former Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Mr Botham, thought of one among England’s cricketing greats in a profession spanning 102 Test matches with 5,200 runs and 383 wickets, is understood for his vocal assist for Brexit.
The cricket commentator and Chairman of Durham County Cricket Club was knighted by the Queen in 2007 and can now sit within the House of Lords as an impartial crossbench peer.
In distinction, the UK PM’s brother Joseph Johnson was a staunch ”Remainer” in opposition to the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU). He went on to stop his brother’s Cabinet final yr after citing an “unresolvable tension” between loyalty to his brother and nationwide curiosity.
He was nominated to the Lords by Boris Johnson underneath the class of Dissolution Peerages.
The new set of peerages replicate the UK PM nominating a number of of his shut allies, together with Sir Eddie Lister, his Chief Strategic Adviser, and Conservative Party donor Michael Spencer.
“By appointing a host of ex-MPs, party loyalists and his own brother, the Prime Minister is inviting total derision. That he can get away with it shows what a private members” club this House is,” mentioned Darren Hughes, of the UK”s Electoral Reform Society.
Transparency International UK mentioned House of Lords appointments “should only be on merit and never in return for anything, be that loyalty, vocal support or party funds raised”.
The listing of peerages additionally contains Russian-origin Evgeny Lebedev, the son of a former KGB agent, who owns the “Evening Standard” and “The Independent” newspapers within the UK.
Other nominees embrace distinguished Tories like former Scottish chief Ruth Davidson and two former finance ministers Ken Clarke and Philip Hammond.
Former Prime Minister Theresa May, now a backbench Tory MP, will be known as Lady May after her husband, Philip May, was conferred a knighthood for companies to politics.