Two Yorkshire ex-council leaders are handed peerages

Former Sheffield Council leader Paul Scriven
Former Sheffield Council leader Paul Scriven
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TWO leading Yorkshire Lib Dems have been elevated to the House of Lords in a raft of appointments which also includes Apprentice TV star and business leader Karren Brady, and former Marks and Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose.

Kath Pinnock, former Leader of Kirklees Council, and Paul Scriven, who led Sheffield Council until losing his seat two years ago, were handed the honours by Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg.

Today’s list includes 12 new Conservative peers, four other Liberal Democrats, three Labour appointments and one crossbencher.

David Cameron’s appointees include Ms Brady, who is Small Business Ambassador for the Conservative Party and a member of the government’s Women in Sport Advisory Board in her capacity as vice-chair of West Ham FC.

TalkTalk boss Dido Harding and CBI Scotland chief Nosheena Mobarik are also among the Tory appointees.

Mr Scriven, who now runs his own consulting firm, is a former NHS manager.

Today’s appointments swell the House of Lords to 850, its highest number since the abolition of hereditary peers.