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Karren Brady has been made a life peer

Karren Brady, the Vice-Chair of West Ham football club and Apprentice TV show star, will take a seat on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords.

Businesswoman Karren Brady is among 12 new Conservative working peers appointed by David Cameron, Downing Street said.
Businesswoman Karren Brady is among 12 new Conservative working peers appointed by David Cameron, Downing Street said. Credit: PA

She is one of 12 new Conservative peers along with Sir Stuart Rose, former Marks and Spencer boss.

There are 12 new Tory peers, three new Labour ones, six Liberal Democrats and one DUP member of the Lords.

Protest outside Tricycle Theatre

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Protestors outside Tricycle theatre against its decision not to host UK Jewish film fest while funded by Isr. embassy http://t.co/3as9Flsjgv

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Placards outside #tricycletheatre say "Don't punish London's Jews" and "No to Jewish film festival ban" http://t.co/ijuZJmIyQS

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A few passers by shouting "Free free Palestine". Tricycle protest isn't pro-Israel rally but there are some Israeli flags. #tricycletheatre

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Boris will try to find 2015 seat 'in all probability'

London mayor Boris Johnson has said he will look for a seat to run for Parliament in 2015 "in all probability".

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship is following developments.

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NEW: Boris says "in all probability I will try to find somewhere to stand in 2015"

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Boris: 'I can't endlessly go on dodging these questions'

Boris Johnson said today he could not go on "endlessly dodging" questions about his future.

But the Mayor of London played down his chances of success, saying it was "highly likely" he would fail to find a suitable constituency in which to run.

Read: David Cameron: 'Great news' that Boris plans to stand

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Boris 'didn't tell Cameron' about MP announcement

Boris Johnson did not tell David Cameron about his announcement that he planned to run for Parliament in 2015, the London Mayor has revealed.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship is following developments.

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Boris didn't tell Dave that he was going to announce this today. He's just been asked as much by @cathynewman

Read: Boris' announcement means he could be PM by 2020

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Tessa Jowell hits out at Boris plan to stay on as mayor

Labour's Tessa Jowell, who is seen as a frontrunner for the party's London mayoral candidacy, has attacked Boris Johnson over his plans to stay on as Mayor even he is elected as an MP.

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Londoners need representation by their Mayor day-in day-out. Transport, homes or jobs, Londoners' challenges deserve undivided attention.

Mr Johnson announced earlier that he planned to run for Parliament in 2015 but also remain as London mayor until 2016.

Former Cabinet minister Ms Jowell has already said she is standing down from Parliament in 2015 and is believed to be targeting a run at the mayoralty.

She has previously said that “were I Mayor of London, I wouldn’t be like Boris, certainly not”.

Read: Miliband: 'Tessa has been an amazing asset to Labour and to Britain'

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Top Lib Dem accuses Boris of 'extraordinary arrogance'

The Deputy Chair of the Liberal Democrats has accused Boris Johnson of "extraordinary arrogance" after he announced plans to run for Parliament in 2015.

Sir Malcolm Bruce told ITV News it looked as though the Mayor of London was an "opportunist" who thought he could "walk in and out of Parliament" as he pleased.

Nick Clegg: Boris' EU stance 'deeply irresponsible'

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Nick Clegg: Boris' EU stance 'deeply irresponsible'

Nick Clegg has launched a scathing attack on Boris Johnson over the Mayor of London's speech on the EU today.

The Deputy Prime Minister said threats to "flounce out" of the union were "deeply irresponsible" and motivated by Mr Johnson's personal ambitions.

The comment about Mr Johnson's ambitions came after he used a speech about Europe to announce his intention to stand for Parliament in 2015.

Nick Clegg hit out at Boris Johnson over Europe.
Nick Clegg hit out at Boris Johnson over Europe. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

“I think this speech is more to do with Boris Johnson’s political ambitions rather than what is right for the United Kingdom," the Lib Dem leader said.

"I think it is deeply irresponsible to suggest that we can flounce out of the European Union and I don’t think it's the way that you get the reform," Mr Clegg added.

Video: Boris: 'I can't endlessly go on dodging these questions'

Colin Stanbridge: London needs a 'full time' Mayor

Commenting on Boris Johnson’s intention to seek a return to Parliament in 2015, Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said London needs a "full time" Mayor who will "give undivided attention" to the capital's problems.

It is disappointing that the Mayor has announced his intention to run for Parliament next year. London business needs and deserves a Mayor giving their undivided attention to the problems facing the capital.

Solving the chronic undersupply of housing that is pricing out skilled workers, delivering a reliable, frequent and expansive transport network fit for a thriving global city, and fighting for the capital to have more autonomy over its own finances and economic future is a full time job.

– Colin Stanbridge
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