The Prime Minister's Resignation Honours in the United Kingdom
granted at the behest of an outgoing prime minister
following his or her resignation. In such a list, a prime minister may ask the monarch to bestow peerage
s, or lesser honours, on any number of people of his or her choosing. In 1997
, an additional 47 working peers were created at the behest of the three main parties.
Since May 2007, the House of Lords Appointments Commission
has had to approve proposed peerages, while oversight by the Honours Committee
within the Cabinet Office
ensures that other honours are appropriate. Some previous lists had attracted criticism. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair
did not issue a list by June 2007, apparently because of the "Cash for Honours
" scandal. Gordon Brown
did not publish a resignation honours list either, but a dissolution list
was issued on his advice (to similar effect).
revived the practice in his Resignation Honours
published in August 2016, following his resignation a month earlier. Some names on the list were leaked to the press several days in advance. A number of proposed recipients were reportedly blocked on ethical grounds. His successor, Theresa May
, followed suit in September 2019
The 1976 Resignation Honours
of Harold Wilson
—which became known as the "Lavender List"—had caused controversy as a number of recipients were wealthy businessmen whose principles were considered antithetic to those held by the Labour Party
at the time.
Category:Politics of the United Kingdom