‘Jobs for mates’: Zac Goldsmith to keep environment role following life peerage

Downing Street confirmed yesterday that environment minister Zac Goldsmith will receive a life peerage, enabling him to keep his place in the cabinet despite losing his west London seat in the general election.

Goldsmith lost the tightly marginal Richmond Park constituency to Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney, who gained 53.1% of the vote against Goldsmith’s 43.2%. 

Nonetheless, a government announcement on Thursday declared that the Queen “has been pleased to signify her intention of conferring a peerage of the United Kingdom for life on Zac Goldsmith”. 

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His appointment to the House of Lords means Goldsmith will retain his role as environment minister, which has to date been split between DEFRA and the Department for International Development. 

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