Former Ealing Central and Acton MP awarded life peerage

Image above: Angie Bray (second right) on the campaign trail with Boris Johnson and Conservative activists

Angie Bray among 26 others to be elevated into the House of Lords

Former Ealing Central and Acton MP Angie Bray has been awarded a life peerage by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

On Friday (14 October), Boris Johnson’s resignation honours list was announced by Downing Street, in which he nominated 26 people to be raised into the House of Lords and three more to receive other honours.

There was much discussion of those rumoured to be on the list before it was published. A number of the more controversial people, such as the Daily Mail’s editor Paul Dacre, did not make the final list.

Angie Bray’s inclusion was not controversial. After a career in broadcasting she joined Conservative Central Office and was a press officer for John Major’s 1990 leadership campaign.

The 68-year-old worked closely with Boris Johnson when he became Mayor of London in 2008. She was the Member of the London Assembly for West Central from 2000 to 2008 and led the Conservative group for the last two years.

She became the MP for Ealing Central and Acton in 2010 and was defeated by Rupa Huq in 2015, despite strong support from Johnson during her election campaign.

As a serving MP she lost her position as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude for voting against a coalition government Bill on reforming the House of Lords.

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