Boris Johnson rewards close allies and aides linked to partygate scandal in honours list

Downing Street sought to distance Rishi Sunak, the current British prime minister, from Johnson’s resignation list

  • June 9, 2023
Boris Johnson takes office as British prime minister in 2019: his resignation honours list has been heavily criticised. Picture: Getty

Boris Johnson has been accused of cronyism after handing out peerages, knighthoods and other gongs to his closest allies, including Jacob Rees-Mogg and Priti Patel, as well as aides linked to the partygate scandal.

The former prime minister’s long-awaited resignation honours list, released by the British government on Friday afternoon, was branded a “catalogue of cronies” by critics.

Former London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey and Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen were among seven nominations for ...