Liz Truss to appoint four new peers as even her own ex-aide brands it a ‘disgrace’
Liz Truss is facing controversy after it was revealed tonight she intends to appoint four key allies to the House of Lords, despite serving just 49 days as Prime Minister. The Sun revealed the names of the four peers set to be appointed to the unelected chamber, including one of her top No. 10 advisors and the Chief Executive of the Vote Leave campaign.
Tory donor Jon Moynihan is to get a lifelong seat in the House of Lords, as is Mark Littlewood who was a key advocate of Liz Truss’s liberation economic policies.
Mr Littlewood is the Director of the Institute for Economic Affairs, and was a fellow student at university with Ms Truss.
Long term special advisor Ruth Porter, who served as Liz Truss’s deputy chief of staff in No. 10 is also expected to get an elite honour.
Porter was at Ms Truss’s side between September and October 2022 during her brief tenure as PM. She previously ran FGS Global, a crisis management firm. A source described her previously as “a long-standing and well-respected Truss ally. She knows Truss better than most.”
Matthew Elliott, the former Chief Executive of the Brexit Leave campaign and who served in that role alongside Dominic Cummings, is also set to be ennobled.
He also founded the pro-low tax Taxpayers’ Alliance, which called Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget “the most taxpayer-friendly budget in recent memory”.
The fourth appointee is Tory donor Jon Moynihan, who previously served as the CEO of consultancy group PA.
Mr Moynihan also worked on the Vote Leave campaign as their final chairman, and is the chairman of the pro-Brexit think tank the Initiative for Free Trade, founded by soon-to-be fellow Tory peer Dan Hannan.
Jon Moynihan donated £100,000 to Boris Johnson.
An ex-Truss aide reacted furiously to the news, telling the Daily Express the “peerages list is mad, if true”, adding “it’s a disgrace”.
They claimed the view that “no one should be getting anything” is common among former members of her team.
A former Liz Truss advisor demanded her “list of shame should be withdrawn”, telling the Sun it is “a final kick in the stomach to taxpayers who will now fork out millions of pounds in lifetime golden goodbye to donors and failed advisers.”
The Lib Dems say the list should be blocked, saying that “allowing Truss to dish out positions of influence would be a disgraceful waste of taxpayer money and show a stunning lack of humility”.
A spokesperson for Liz Truss declined to comment.