Lady Brady and Lord Rose: Full list of new business peers

The former M&S boss and Alan Sugar's right-hand woman are among those to be honoured.

by Emma Haslett

Breathe in: the House of Lords is about to become a tight squeeze, after Number 10 announced a list of 22 new peerages this morning, bringing the total membership of the Lords to a positively cosy 796. The good news is the list includes a bumper crop of business people. Among those awarded honours this year are:

  • Stuart Rose, former executive chairman of Marks & Spencer, who is leading a review of the NHS
  • Karren Brady, Apprentice know-it-all and vice-chairman of West Ham FC, who is also small business ambassador for the Conservative Party
  • Michael Farmer, aka 'Mr Copper' (now 'Lord Copper'?), whose hedge fund, Red Kite, is one of the world's biggest metals investors, with $2.4bn (£1.5bn) of assets under management. He's also co-treasurer of the Conservative Party
  • Dido Harding, chief executive of TalkTalk, who faces a battle with her shareholders over pay (and now has one over her od man, who is but an MP)
  • Joanna Shields, former vice president of Facebook's European arm, who is now the chair of Tech City UK and a non-exec director of London Stock Exchange
  • Nosheena Mobarik, former chairman of CBI Scotland (see what they did there?)
  • Ranbir Singh Suri, aka the 'King of Bling', chairman of Oceanic Jewellers
  • Gail Rebuck, chairman of Penguin Random House

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