Peerage for Angela Smith

Former third sector minister ennobled in dissolution honours list

Angela Smith, who was Minister for the Third Sector for the last 11 months of the Labour government, has been made a peer in the dissolution honours list. She lost her seat of South Basildon and East Thurrock in the election last month.

Another former Labour voluntary sector minister, Paul Boateng, also goes to the Lords, as does Hillary Armstrong, a former Minister for the Cabinet Office, which housed the Office of the Third Sector in Gordon Brown's administration.

Debbie Scott, chief executive of the welfare-to-work charity Tomorrow's People, becomes a Conservative peer. She was invited to join the Lords by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, before the election.

Other new peers with voluntary sector connections are Kate Parminter, former chief executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, who will sit as a Liberal Democrat, and John Gardiner, deputy chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, a Conservative.

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