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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.