Conservative MPs nominated for peerages may trigger by-elections if they accept them
Why it matters
The potential by-elections could be significant for the Conservative Party, which suffered heavy losses in the recent local elections. The loss of even one seat could undermine Rishi Sunak's authority and put his premiership at risk.
What the papers say
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How we got here
Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson has nominated several Conservative MPs for peerages in his resignation honours list, including Alister Jack, Nadine Dorries, Nigel Adams and Alok Sharma. The House of Lords Appointments Commission has advised that MPs will have to stand down if they wish to take up a peerage, which could trigger by-elections. Jack has confirmed he will stand down at the next general election but will not accept a peerage while still sitting as an MP. Dorries, Adams and Sharma are reportedly prepared to accept peerages, leading to three by-elections which the Tories could lose.
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Alok Sharma is a British politician serving as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy since 2020. A member of the Conservative Party, he previously served as International Development Secretary from 2019 to 2020.
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