Jacob Rees-Mogg, Priti Patel and Martin Reynolds named in Boris Johnson's resignation honours

Ex-PM's allies and names familiar from the Partygate scandal appear on resignation honours lists
Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson in 2019. Photo: Allstar Picture Library Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo

Boris Johnson's honours and peerages lists have been published and include Jacob Rees-Mogg, Priti Patel and Martin Reynolds – who became notorious for his role in a "bring your own booze" gathering at No.10 during the first Covid lockdown.

Rees-Mogg, who was minister for government efficiency under Johnson, has been knighted, while former home secretary Patel has been made a dame.

They are among more than 40 people named on the former prime minister's resignation honours and peerages lists, which came as Johnson quit parliament over the findings of the Privileges Committee's report into the Partygate scandal. The lists cover peerages and honours including knighthoods, damehoods and OBEs.

Reynolds, who was one of only a few officials named in Sue Gray's Partygate report into Covid rule-breaking events at No.10 and elsewhere in government, has been named a Companion of the Bath.

He received the nickname "Party Marty" after sending an email to around 200 No.10 staff in May 2020 inviting them to "distanced-drinks in the garden", and a number of people were later fined for attending the event in breach of lockdown rules.

Reynolds, who has since moved to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office,  is one of a number of appointees to have appeared in headlines for their involvement in the Partygate scandal that contributed to Johnson's political downfall.

Jack Doyle, his former director of communications, received a CBE, while ex-No.10 chief of staff Dan Rosenfield received a peerage. Both were in post during the period when most of the rule-breaking events took place.

The list also includes Shelley Williams-Walker, Johnson’s former head of operations at No.10, who has received a damehood. Now a senior adviser to Johnson, Williams-Walker was nicknamed “DJ SWW” because of reports that she was in charge of the music during a lockdown-breaking party at No.10 the day before Prince Philip’s funeral.

They are named alongside a number of the former prime minister's political allies, including former London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey and Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen, who have received peerages.

Former ministers Michael Fabricant and Connor Burns have been knighted, while ex-Conservative Party chair Amanda Milling and Tory MP Andrea Marie Jenkyns have been awarded damehoods. All are Johnson loyalists.

The PM's press secretary said Rishi Sunak had forwarded Johnson's peerage list to the House of Lords Appointments Commission unaltered "as is convention", and that HOLAC had returned its approved list.

"The prime minister then accepted HOLAC's approved list and forwarded it unamended to the sovereign for their approval," the press secretary said.

"He had no involvement or input into the approved list. It is a point of fact that it is made public by the commission if a prime minister overrules the commission’s advice."

Sunak has since said that Johnson had asked him to overrule HOLAC and push through the entire list.

Asked at London Tech Week whether No.10 had amended the list, Sunak said: "When it comes to honours and Boris Johnson: Boris Johnson asked me to do something that I wasn't prepared to do, because I didn't think it was right.

"That was to either overrule the HOLAC committee or make promises to people. 

"I wasn't prepared to do that because I didn't think it was right and if people don't like that, then tough."

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