Liz Truss awards peerages to the key mastermind behind Brexit and a Conservative party benefactor.

Ousted prime minister Liz Truss has been permitted to bestow various honors and three new peerages, including for one of the proponents of Brexit, a Tory donor, and her previous deputy chief of staff. Truss was granted a “resignation honors” list by Rishi Sunak, despite her resignation from No 10 after just 49 days due to the financial market turmoil caused by her chancellor’s mini-budget.

She had the privilege of selecting three new lawmakers for the House of Lords: Matthew Elliott, who played a role in establishing the Vote Leave campaign; Jon Moynihan, a businessman, party donor, and chair of Vote Leave; and Ruth Porter, her former deputy chief of staff. Moynihan has contributed around £700,000 to the Conservatives, Vote Leave, and Truss’s own leadership campaign.

The Truss list also includes damehoods for Shirley Conran, of the Maths Anxiety Trust, and Tory MP Jackie Doyle-Price, as well as a knighthood for Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke. Former Truss advisers Shabbir Merali and Sophie Jarvis will receive CBEs, while Tory MPs Rob Butler and Suzanne Webb will be awarded OBEs. David Hills, chair of the Conservative association in South West Norfolk, Truss’s constituency, will receive an MBE.

Sunak had been urged to block Truss’s honors list, with shadow Cabinet Office minister Jonathan Ashworth stating, “Honors should be for those committed to public service, not rewards for Tory failure.”

A government source defended the decision, stating that every past Labour prime minister has issued a dissolution or resignation list and that the current prime minister does not block the political peerage proposals of others.

Daisy Cooper, deputy Liberal Democrat leader, criticized the move, saying, “Truss handing out gongs after blowing a hole in the public finances…calls this whole honors system into disrepute.”

Truss expressed her delight that those “champions for the conservative causes” have been honored.

In June, Sunak also faced backlash for approving Boris Johnson’s resignation honors list, which was published hours before Johnson announced his resignation as an MP.

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