Published: 17:00, 13 January 2018
Former Canterbury and Whitstable MP Sir Julian Brazier has denied any knowledge that he is set to become a peer in the House of Lords.
National reports suggest the veteran Tory is being lined up by Prime Minister Theresa May for a place in the House of Lords next week to bolster the Brexit fight.
But the Brexiteer has told Kent Online it is “complete news to him”.
Sir Julian said: “I know nothing about this. If it were true it would be complete news to me.”
According to The Sun online, long-serving former Cabinet ministers Eric Pickles and Peter Lilley lead a list of ten names believed to be being put forward by Mrs May.
Other Conservative grandees being considered for ennoblement include former MPs Edward Garnier and Andrew Tyrie.
They are being put forward to fight Brexit battles.
This week, Sir Julian announced he will not apply to fight to win his seat back.
Having served the constituency for three decades, he lost his seat to Labour’s Rosie Duffield in arguably the biggest shock of June’s general election.
Whether he would stand again was the source of much speculation, with Canterbury Conservatives yet to pick a candidate for the next election campaign.
He ended doubt on Wednesday by revealing he feels the time is right to step aside, but added, “I shall continue to be involved in politics, in a number of areas.”
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