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UK Minister Fired by Truss Looks Set for Knighthood

  • Burns’s dismissal put renewed focus on behavior of Tory MPs
  • Johnson gets to name peers and knights as part of tradition
Conor Burns

Conor Burns

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Conor Burns, the UK trade minister fired by Liz Truss following a complaint of “serious misconduct” at this week’s Conservative Party conference, is set to be awarded a knighthood by her predecessor Boris Johnson as part of his resignation honors list, according to the Times.

As outgoing prime minister, Johnson has the right to ask the monarch, King Charles III, to grant peerages, knighthoods and other awards to any person he thinks worthy of the title. According to the Telegraph, Johnson is set to name at least 15 new Conservative peers to the House of Lords, while Labour will get eight.