Former Eastenders actor and MEP for the West Midlands constituency Michael Cashman CBE has been included among a list of new working peers.
The list issued by Downing Street of newly-appointed working peers also includes for Labour chairman of Penguin Random House UK, Dame Gail Rebuck.
The list of Conservative working peers appointed by David Cameron also includes Natalie Evans, director of New Schools Network, a charity giving support for groups setting up free schools.
More top news
Family holidays to Europe could rise by an average of £230 if Britain leaves the EU, the prime minister is warning.
The social network faced fury after it barred a feminist group's image for an event promoting body diversity and acceptance.
Barack Obama left the owner of a streetside restaurant in Vietnam "stunned" when he stopped off there for a $6 meal.