Goldsmith in line for peerage to keep ministerial role, reports say

Former environment minister Zac Goldsmith, who lost his west London seat in the general election, is in line for a peerage, in a move which could see him keep his place in the cabinet, according to reports.

Goldsmith lost his marginal Richmond Park seat to the Liberal Democrats' Sarah Olney, who won 53.1% of the vote against Goldsmith’s 43.2%. 

But according to reports in The Telegraph today, prime minister Boris Johnson is considering appointing Goldsmith to the House of Lords so that he can retain his role as environment and development minister, split between DEFRA and the Department for International Development. 

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