A Positive Consequence of The Cash For Honours Scandal
Now that the police have handed their files of the cash for honours investigation over to the CPS and Tony Blair has announced the date of his departure, there will be some focus on his resignation honours list. We know it's going to be different from previous resignation honours lists.
Tony Blair's delayed resignation honours list will be the first by a prime minister to be approved by the House of Lords appointments commission before peers will be allowed to take their seats, it was revealed today.
Tony Wright, chair of the Commons public administration committee, disclosed that Mr Blair has agreed with Lord Stevenson, the head of the vetting body, to end the tradition that allows outgoing prime ministers to nominate peers without any checks on their suitability to sit in the Lords.
This might be a little disconcerting for those Labour party donors whose peerages were halted by the cash for honours scandal but who thought they might get them as Blair left office. It'll be interesting to see who makes it onto the list. Anyone care to speculate?