Number 10 has refused to comment on claims that David Cameron is to give peerages to leading Conservative supporters including West Ham United vice-chair Karren Brady and former Marks & Spencer chairman Sir Stuart Rose.
We won't be confirming anything in advance. Honours and appointments are made in the usual way through the independent honours committees."
Sky News reported that the pair are among a list of 20 "working peers" nominated by the political parties to be named next weekKarren Brady. Also on the list was major Conservative donor and former party co-treasurer Michael Farmer, the broadcaster said.
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