Boris Johnson’s former adviser becomes youngest peer in the House of Lords

A former adviser to Boris Johnson has grow to be the youngest peer in the House of Lords after taking her seat in the unelected chamber.

Charlotte Owen was nominated to the Lords in the former prime minister’s controversial resignation honours record launched in June.

The 30-year-old will probably be often known as Baroness Owen of Alderley Edge and can sit as a Conservative peer.

Woman Owen’s introduction was adopted by that of Conservative Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen, who will probably be often known as Lord Houchen of Excessive Leven.

The pair wore the conventional scarlet robes for his or her brief introduction ceremonies.

A cross-party Lords report final week stated Mr Johnson’s exit honours had “introduced into query” the present appointments system for creating new friends.

Woman Owen’s biography issued by the House of Lords said she graduated from the College of York in 2015 with a level in politics and worldwide relations.

It provides she labored as a parliamentary assistant to Conservative MPs Alok Sharma, Mr Johnson and Sir Jake Berry from 2017 till 2021.

Woman Owen then labored as an adviser to Mr Johnson as prime minister, his successor Liz Truss after which chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris between 2021 and 2022.

Lord Houchen, 36, labored as a solicitor from 2009 to 2015 and chief government of BLK Sport UK from 2016 to 2017, in keeping with his bio.

He served as a councillor on Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council between 2011 and 2017, together with as chief of the Conservative group from 2014.

Lord Houchen was elected Tees Valley mayor in 2017 and he’s additionally chairman of the South Tees Improvement Company and chairman of the Teesside Freeport.

The Authorities ordered an unbiased investigation into the Teesworks venture to redevelop Redcar’s former steelworks, partly in response to a request from Lord Houchen.

In April, Labour MP Andy McDonald (Middlesbrough) raised issues about the scheme in the Commons, alleging “really surprising, industrial-scale corruption” round the website’s possession and funding.

Lord Houchen later went on BBC radio to accuse Mr McDonald of being a “liar and a coward”.

Different allies of Mr Johnson have taken their seats in the House of Lords in current weeks.

They included former Tory London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey, who took half in a lockdown-busting Christmas occasion in December 2020 at Conservative Social gathering headquarters, and 31-year-old Ross Kempsell, a former political director of the Conservative Social gathering.

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