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Former health secretary Andrew Lansley given a peerage

Former health secretary Andrew Lansley has been handed a peerage in today’s dissolution honours, following a recommendation by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Lord Lansley, who was the MP for South Cambridgeshire until Heidi Allen stood in his place this year, served as the Coalition Government health secretary from 2010 until 2012, during which he famously pushed through the Health and Social Care Act’s sweeping NHS reforms.

He was replaced by Jeremy Hunt in a Cabinet reshuffle in the autumn of 2012, shortly after the BMA voted in favour of his resignation and staged a ‘day of action’ against the Government’s NHS pensions reform.

The former Leader of the House of Commons, a role he held until being removed from Government entirely last summer, is one of 45 new Lords nominated by the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour Party leaders.

Readers' comments (23)

  • well done and to the future NHS greats, Lord Hunt and Lord Stevens, we do so salute

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  • FFS I'm lost for words.The Lords is safe with such quality in it.

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  • Let's all remind ourselves of the Andrew Lansley rap:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXjZYT4zMOU

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  • Er..........for what?

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  • What a pity there is no veto for this!

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  • Jobs for the boys...................

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  • Gosh fancy the Tories increasing the size of the Lords yet again. Nothing to do with majorities is it? Someone else who can be paid £200 a day for just turning up.

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  • Oink oink. Disgusting.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Politics is politics. Who should survive and earn the 'glory' and who would disappear and bear the insult ?

    In a room sit three great men, a king, a priest, and a rich man with his gold. Between them stands a sellsword, a little man of common birth and no great mind. Each of the great ones bids him slay the other two. 'Do it,' says the king, 'for I am your lawful ruler.' 'Do it,' says the priest, 'for I command you in the names of the gods.' 'Do it,' says the rich man, 'and all this gold shall be yours.' So tell me- who lives and who dies?

    Tyrion: depends on the sellsword
    Varys: does it ?He has neither crown, nor gold nor favour with the gods, only a piece of pointed steel.
    Tyrion:He has a sword, the power of life and death
    Varys: But if it's swordsmen who rule , why do we pretend kings hold all the power ?
    Varys: power resides where men believe it resides. No more and no less.It is a trick , a shadow on the wall , yet a shadow can kill.And oft times ,a very small man can cast a very large shadow .

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  • This debases the Lords even further. Lansleys plans have been disowned even by the Tories. Why on earth do colleagues still support them???

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