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Resignation Honours: Peerage Creations since 1958

Published Tuesday, July 12, 2016

This House of Lords Library briefing gives a brief overview of past prime ministerial resignation honours. On 11 July 2016, Theresa May became the new Leader of the Conservative Party. Following the announcement, David Cameron made a statement in which he said he would resign as Prime Minister on Wednesday 13 July 2016 to enable Mrs May to take office. There were reports that Mr Cameron would “spend his last day in Downing Street […] drawing up a list of resignation honours, including a series of new peerages”.

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On 11 July 2016, Theresa May became the new Leader of the Conservative Party. Following the announcement, David Cameron made a statement in which he said he would resign as Prime Minister on Wednesday 13 July 2016 to enable Mrs May to take office. It has since been reported that Mr Cameron would "spend his last day in Downing Street […] drawing up a list of resignation honours, including a series of new peerages".

Since 1958, only a small number of prime ministers have issued a resignation honours list. However, of those prime ministers who left office mid-term, only Tony Blair did not issue such a list. On certain occasions combined resignation and dissolution honours lists have been published following general elections. These are listed below, together with the number of peerages the list contained, the date announced and the Prime Minister under whom the peerages were then created.

Prime Minister Leaving Office

Number of New Peerages Announced

Date Announced

Prime Minister in Office When Announced

Harold Macmillan

1

18 October 1963

Alec Douglas-Home

Alec Douglas-Home

8

1 December 1964

Harold Wilson

Harold Wilson

9

2 June 1976

James Callaghan

Margaret Thatcher

7

20 December 1990

John Major

John Major

10

1 August 1997

Tony Blair

Gordon Brown

16

28 May 2010

David Cameron

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Author: Matthew Purvis

Topic: House of Lords

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