Former Archbishop of York John Sentamu to get peerage after outrage he did not get one robotically | UK Information
John Sentamu is to be given a life peerage “imminently” after outrage Britain’s first black archbishop was not given one robotically, it has been claimed.
The previous Archbishop of York, 71, was anticipated to be given a peerage after he stepped down on 7 June so he may sit within the Home of Lords in a private capability.
However regardless of his predecessor Lord Hope, and ex-Archbishops of Canterbury Rowan Williams and George Carey being ennobled, the federal government has but to announce Mr Sentamu’s seat within the Lords, prompting accusations of “institutional prejudice”.
Claims within the Sunday Occasions that Quantity 10 was making an attempt to cut back numbers within the Lords had been met with fury when it emerged Prime Minister Boris Johnson was giving his personal brother, Jo, a seat.
Now Downing Avenue seems to have U-turned, with a Whitehall supply saying late on Sunday that Mr Sentamu’s peerage is “imminent”.
They claimed the delay was all the way down to a procedural maintain up with the Home of Lords Appointments Fee.
“He was put ahead for a peerage however the approval course of continues to be ongoing,” the supply added.
The Sunday Occasions initially reported Mr Sentamu was informed he was in line for a peerage – solely to be told a month later he wouldn’t be getting one.
On the time, his successor Stephen Cottrell, who was enthroned on Sunday, tweeted: “Disturbed to seek out out at this time that whether or not it’s via negligence or intent my predecessor + Sentamu has not been given the peerage that has been the customized for a few years.
“I belief this can quickly be rectified. @UKHouseofLords will profit from his voice.”
Shadow justice secretary David Lammy MP stated the choice confirmed “blatant institutional prejudice”.
He tweeted: “No 10 broke a precedent and snubbed Britain’s first black archbishop for a peerage as a result of it says the Home of Lords is simply too massive, but it surely made room for Ian Botham, Claire Fox and Theresa Could‘s husband. Blatant institutional prejudice.”
David Davis, the previous Conservative cupboard minister additionally stated Quantity 10 had “made a mistake” not ennobling Mr Sentamu.
He stated: “He was a terrific archbishop. It can’t declare it must restrict the scale of the Lords while elevating Boris’s brother. It ought to be put proper instantly.”
Mr Sentamu has expressed largely traditionalist views, opposing same-sex marriage and criticising multiculturalism.