1997 Prime Minister's Resignation Honours

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Major in October 1996
Not to be confused with 1997 Dissolution Honours.

The 1997 Prime Minister's Resignation Honours were officially announced in two supplements to the London Gazette of 1 August 1997 (published 2 August 1997) and marked the May 1997 resignation of Prime Minister John Major.[1]

A notable omission from the list was Norman Lamont, who was overlooked for a life peerage in what was seen as a snub for the former Chancellor of the Exchequer who had become one of Major's most prominent critics.[2]

Included in the announced list were new "working peers": 31 new Labour life peers recommended by Tony Blair to reduce the Tory majority; Paddy Ashdown, the Liberal Democrat leader, recommended 11 new Liberal Democrat life peers; five were recommended by William Hague, the new Conservative Leader.

The recipients of the major classes of honours are displayed below, as they were styled before their new honour, and arranged by honour.

Life peerages[edit]

  • Norman Blackwell, former Head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit, 1995-7 (created Baron Blackwell, of Woodcote in the County of Surrey)
  • Dame Janet Fookes, former Deputy Speaker and MP for Plymouth Drake (created Baroness Fookes, of Plymouth in the County of Devon)
  • Roger Freeman, former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (created Baron Freeman, of Dingley in the County of Northamptonshire)
  • James Douglas-Hamilton, former Scottish Office Minister (created Baron Selkirk of Douglas, of Cramond in the City of Edinburgh); having briefly succeeded as Earl of Selkirk in 1994 (which title he disclaimed)
  • Sir Terence Higgins KBE, former Financial Secretary to the Treasury, 1972–74 (created Baron Higgins, of Worthing in the County of West Sussex)
  • David Hunt, former Secretary of State for Wales (1990–3) and Employment, former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (created Baron Hunt of Wirral, of Wirral in the County of Merseyside)
  • Dame Jill Knight, former MP for Birmingham Edgbaston and former Vice-Chairperson of the 1922 Committee (created Baroness Knight of Collingtree, of Collingtree in the County of Northamptonshire)
  • Ian Lang, former Scottish Secretary and President of the Board of Trade (created Baron Lang of Monkton, of Merrick and the Rhinns in the County of Dumfries & Galloway)
  • Tony Newton, former Social Security Secretary (1989–92) and Leader of the House of Commons (1992–7) (created Baron Newton of Braintree, of Coggeshall in the County of Essex)
  • Sir Cranley Onslow, former Foreign Office Minister and Chairman of the 1922 Committee for backbench Tory MPs (created Baron Onslow of Woking, of Woking in the County of Surrey)

Conservative "working peers"[edit]

  • John Cope, former Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party and Paymaster-General, 1992-4 (created Baron Cope of Berkeley, of Berkeley in the County of Gloucestershire)
  • Tristan Garel-Jones, former Minister for Europe and Whip (created Baron Garel-Jones, of Watford in the County of Hertfordshire)
  • Sir Hector Monro, former Scottish Office and Environment Minister (created Baron Monro of Langholm, of Westerkirk in the County of Dumfries & Galloway)
  • Michael Morris, former Deputy Speaker, House of Commons (created Baron Naseby, of Sandy in the County of Bedfordshire)
  • Wyn Roberts, former Welsh Office Minister (created Baron Roberts of Conwy, of Talyfan in the County of Gwynedd)

Labour "working peers"[edit]

  • Valerie Amos, director, Amos Fraser Bernard (created Baroness Amos, of Brondesbury in the London Borough of Brent)
  • Steven Bassam, head of environmental health and consumer issues at the Local Government Association (created Baron Bassam of Brighton, of Brighton in the County of East Sussex)
  • Clive Brooke, joint general secretary, Public Services, Tax and Commerce Union (created Baron Brooke of Alverthorpe, of Alverthorpe in the County of West Yorkshire)
  • Tom Burlison, deputy general secretary of the GMB and Labour Party treasurer (created Baron Burlison, of Rowlands Gill in the County of Tyne and Wear)
  • Bryan Davies, former secretary to the Parliamentary Labour Party (created Baron Davies of Oldham, of Broxbourne in the County of Hertfordshire)
  • Garfield Davies CBE, general secretary of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (created Baron Davies of Coity, of Penybont in the County of Mid Glamorgan)
  • James Gordon CBE, chairman, Scottish Radio Holdings plc (created Baron Gordon of Strathblane, of Deil's Craig in the City of Stirling)
  • Peter Hardy, former Labour MP for Wentworth (created Baron Hardy of Wath, of Wath upon Dearne in the County of South Yorkshire)
  • Norman Hogg, former Deputy Chief Whip 1983 to 1987 (created Baron Hogg of Cumbernauld, of Cumbernauld in the County of North Lanarkshire)
  • Robert Hughes, former Labour spokesman on agriculture and transport (created Baron Hughes of Woodside, of Woodside in the City of Aberdeen)
  • Roy Hughes, former Labour spokesman on Welsh Affairs, former member of the Council of Europe (created Baron Islwyn, of Casnewydd in the County of Gwent)
  • Philip Hunt OBE, chief executive, National Health Service Confederation (created Baron Hunt of Kings Heath, of Birmingham in the County of the West Midlands)
  • Greville Janner QC, former Labour MP for Leicester West, honorary vice- president of the World Jewish Congress (created Baron Janner of Braunstone, of Leicester in the County of Leicestershire)
  • Helena Kennedy QC (created Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, of Cathcart in the City of Glasgow)
  • Michael Levy, director of M and G Records, president of Jewish Care (created Baron Levy, of Mill Hill in the London Borough of Barnet)
  • Michael Montague CBE, chairman of Superframe plc, chairman Montague Multinational Ltd, formerly chairman English Tourist Board (created Baron Montague of Oxford, of Oxford in the County of Oxfordshire)
  • Alf Morris, former Minister for the Disabled (created Baron Morris of Manchester, of Manchester in the County of Greater Manchester)
  • Stan Orme, former social security minister and Cabinet member (1977 to 1979), chairman Parliamentary Labour Party 1987 to 1992 (created Baron Orme, of Salford in the County of Greater Manchester)
  • Jill Pitkeathley OBE, chief executive Carers National Association, member of the Health Advisory Service (created Baroness Pitkeathley, of Caversham in the Royal County of Berkshire)
  • Sir David Puttnam CBE, film producer (created Baron Puttnam, of Queensgate in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea)
  • Stuart Randall, former Labour spokesman on agriculture and home affairs (created Baron Randall of St Budeaux, of St Budeaux in the County of Devon)
  • Ruth Rendell CBE, author (created Baroness Rendell of Babergh, of Aldeburgh in the County of Suffolk)
  • Sir Robin Renwick KCMG, director Robert Fleming Holdings Ltd, chairman Save & Prosper Group, UK ambassador to South Africa from 1987 to 1991 and to USA from 1991 to 1995 (created Baron Renwick of Clifton, of Chelsea in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea)
  • David Sainsbury, chairman and chief executive of J Sainsbury plc (created Baron Sainsbury of Turville, of Turville in the County of Buckinghamshire)
  • Patricia Scotland QC (created Baroness Scotland of Asthal, of Asthal in the County of Oxfordshire)
  • Barbara Scott Young, chief executive, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (created Baroness Young of Old Scone, of Old Scone in the County of Perth and Kinross)
  • George Simpson, managing director of General Electric Company plc (created Baron Simpson of Dunkeld, of Dunkeld in the County of Perth and Kinross)
  • Andrew Stone, joint managing director, Marks and Spencer plc (created Baron Stone of Blackheath, of Blackheath in the London Borough of Greenwich)
  • Terence Thomas CBE, managing director, Cooperative Bank (created Baron Thomas of Macclesfield, of Prestbury in the County of Cheshire)
  • Harold Walker, former deputy speaker of the Commons (created Baron Walker of Doncaster, of Audenshaw in the County of Greater Manchester)
  • Michael Watson, former Labour MP for Glasgow Central (created Baron Watson of Invergowrie, of Invergowrie in the County of Perth and Kinross)

Liberal Democrat "working peers"[edit]

  • Navnit Dholakia OBE, member of the Lib Dem Federal Executive and Federal Policy Committee, member of the Police Complaints Authority (created Baron Dholakia, of Waltham Brooks in the County of West Sussex)
  • Sir William Goodhart QC (created Baron Goodhart, of Youlbury in the County of Oxfordshire)
  • Sir Anthony Jacobs, vice-president Social and Liberal Democrats 1988, chairman Federal Executive, Social and Liberal Democrats (created Baron Jacobs, of Belgravia in the City of Westminster)
  • Veronica Linklater, chairman The New School Butterstone, trustee Esmee Fairbairn Charitable Trust, trustee Cancer Care, Western General Hospital (created Baroness Linklater of Butterstone, of Riemore in the County of Perth and Kinross)
  • Sarah Ludford, barrister, Islington councillor, European Affairs consultant (created Baroness Ludford, of Clerkenwell in the London Borough of Islington)
  • Diana Maddock, former Lib Dem MP for Christchurch (created Baroness Maddock, of Christchurch in the County of Dorset)
  • Richard Newby OBE, director of the Matrix Communications Consultancy Ltd, Director of External Communication, Lib Dem general election team 1996–97 (created Baron Newby, of Rothwell in the County of West Yorkshire)
  • Emma Nicholson, former Tory, then Lib Dem MP for Devon West and Torridge (created Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, of Winterbourne in the Royal County of Berkshire)
  • Timothy Razzall CBE, Lib Dem Richmond councillor, Lib Dem treasurer (created Baron Razzall, of Mortlake in the London Borough of Richmond)
  • Sir Michael Sandberg CBE, former chairman of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation from 1977 to 1986 and the British Bank of the Middle East from 1980 to 1986 (created Baron Sandberg, of Passfield in the County of Hampshire)
  • Sir Trevor Smith, vice chancellor and honorary professor, University of Ulster (created Baron Smith of Clifton, of Mount Sandel in the County of Londonderry)

Knights Bachelor[edit]

  • Robert Atkins, former Minister of State for Northern Ireland, Environment, Sport, Transport, Trade and Industry (Later MEP, 1999)
  • Peter Brown, constituency agent to John Major
  • Michael Forsyth, former Scottish Secretary, 1995-7 (later Lord Forsyth of Drumlean)
  • Anthony Garrett CBE, Director, Campaigning Department, Conservative Central Office
  • Brian Mawhinney, former Transport Secretary (1994–5), Chairman of the Conservative Party (1995–7), later Shadow Home Secretary (1997–8) (later Lord Mawhinney)
  • Richard Needham, former Minister for Northern Ireland and Trade (inherited title of Earl of Kilmorey)
  • Neville Trotter, former Conservative MP for Tynemouth
  • John Ward, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, 1994–97

Companion of Honour[edit]

Order of St Michael and St George[edit]

Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)[edit]

Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)[edit]

  • John Holmes, Private Secretary, Prime Minister's Office (Overseas Affairs)

Order of the British Empire[edit]

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)[edit]

  • Jonathan Haslam, Former Chief Press Secretary, Number 10
  • Howell James, Former Political Secretary, Number 10
  • Professor Lord McColl of Dulwich, Former Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister 1995–97
  • Michael Trend, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party 1995–2000.

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)[edit]

  • Mark Adams, Private Secretary, Prime Minister's Office (Parliamentary Affairs)
  • John Bridge, Constituency chairman to John Major
  • Trevor Butler, Detective Superintendent, Metropolitan Police Service
  • Daniel Finkelstein, Director of Research, Conservative Central Office
  • Gina Hearn, Constituency Secretary to John Major
  • Charles Lewington, Former Director of Communications, Conservative Central Office
  • Eileen, Lady Strathnaver, Former Special Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael Heseltine
  • William Geoffrey Thompson, Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  • Andrew Woods, Former agent to John Major
  • Moira Wallace, Private Secretary, Number 10 (Economic Affairs)

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)[edit]

  • Deborah Ailes, Senior Personal Secretary, Prime Minister's Office
  • Noelle Berney, Co-ordinator of Kurdish Life Aid (for humanitarian services)
  • Maureen Bick, Cleaner, Prime Minister's Office
  • James Bridge, Former Assistant Political Secretary, Prime Minister's Office
  • Penelope Brook, Head of Speakers' Department, Conservative Central Office
  • Christine Ferns, Switchboard Supervisor, Prime Minister's Office
  • Vanessa Ford, Head of Chairman's Office, Conservative Central Office
  • Sheila Gunn, Press Officer, Conservative Central Office
  • Leading Wren Linda Lalley, Stewardess at Chequers (Royal Navy)
  • Judy Moorhouse, Former Secretary to the Political Secretary, Prime Minister's Office
  • Lorne Roper-Caldbeck, Secretary to Prime Minister's wife, Norma Major
  • Robert Rumble, Driver to Prime Minister John Major
  • Arabella Warburton, Former Personal Assistant in the Prime Minister's Office
  • Michael York, Messenger, Prime Minister's Office

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "(Supplement) no. 54850". The London Gazette. 2 August 1997. pp. 8911–8914. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
    "(Supplement) no. 54851". The London Gazette. 2 August 1997. pp. 8909–8910. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  2. ^ Daily Telegraph: "Major snubs Lamont in honours list".

Sources[edit]

  • The Independent, 2 August 1997