PM's honours list: 'Not appropriate' for Government to comment, says Cabinet Office

It would not be "appropriate" for the Government to comment on the honours and peerages announced by former Prime Minister David Cameron, the Cabinet Office has said.

Downing Street: Not commenting on the list (credit: BellPhotography423/Thinkstock)
Downing Street: Not commenting on the list (credit: BellPhotography423/Thinkstock)

Sixteen peerages and a number of 'resignation honours' were announced yesterday in documents published by the Cabinet Office, following weeks of controversy and apparent government leaks over concerns in Whitehall that Cameron's nominations demonstrated cronyism or were not an appropriate use of the system.

A number of former comms and PR advisers to Cameron featured in the list.

The two lists were published on the Gov.uk site yesterday afternoon in the section 'transparency data'. There was no press release or further comment accompanying these, leading some to suggest that it was being deliberately downplayed.

When contacted by PRWeek, a Cabinet Office spokeswoman said that the announcements were Cameron's, not the Government's, and provided the following statement: "This is the former Prime Minister’s resignation list. It is not appropriate for the Government to comment on those nominated for resignation honours."

PRWeek contacted the office of the former Prime Minister to ask if Cameron – who is understood to be holidaying in Corsica – had any comment to make. No immediate response was received.

The honours have received a negative reception from rival parties and Westminster commentators.

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