Former David Cameron advisor resigns Tory whip just three months after becoming peer

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14th December 2016

A former top advisor to David Cameron has resigned the Conservative whip just three months after he gave her a seat in the House of Lords.

David Cameron was panned for his resignation honours list awarding Tory donors and former staff
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Ex-No 10 policy head Camilla Cavendish was handed a peerage by the former Prime Minister in his resignation honours list.

But a government source confirmed today she will sit as a non-affiliated peer after she got a new job. 

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She became Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice in September in the wake of Mr Cameron's resignation on the back of the EU referendum result.

The former Prime Minister was criticised at the time for rewarding a string of friends, donors and former political advisors with gongs.

A government source told PoliticsHome today: “Camilla had some job opportunity that required her to be not affiliated with a political party.

"So she’s becoming an unaffiliated peer rather than a crossbencher or anything else. I would expect her to keep sitting on our benches."

The source added: "I hope she’ll support us in a few votes, but whatever her role is it required her not to be affiliated with a political party.”

Baroness Cavendish’s page on the parliament website lists her as a “non-affiliated” peer as of today.

Mr Cameron appointed 13 new peers when he stood down, including Tory donors Andrew Fraser and Jitesh Gadhia, as well as political advisors Gabrielle Bertin, Ed Llewellyn and Laura Wyld.