Theresa May refuses to block David Cameraon’s ‘cronies’ honour list

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:29 GMT, Aug 2, 2016 |

Theresa May will not intervene in David Cameron’s resignation honors list despite allegations that it amounts to cronyism, Downing Street has said.

There were calls for an overhaul of the honors system after the list was leaked, which includes the head of the campaign to stay in the EU and Samantha Cameron’s personal stylist.

Other controversial reported nominations included knighthoods for four pro-EU cabinet colleagues: Philip Hammond, Michael Fallon, Patrick McLoughlin and David Lidington.

Despite the outcry, a Downing Street spokesperson said it would set a “very bad precedent” for Number 10 to intervene in an outgoing prime minister’s list.

“It is standard for an outgoing prime minister to submit a resignation list,” the spokesperson told an official briefing of journalists in Parliament.