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Westminster leader awarded peerage

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Westminster City Council leader Philippa Roe (Con) has been awarded a peerage as part of David Cameron’s resignation honours.

Philippa Roe

Philippa Roe

Philippa Roe

Cllr Roe will join Lord Porter, chair of the Local Government Association who was made a Tory peer last year, in the upper chamber.

Reacting on Twitter Lord Porter said it was “great news” as he thought Cllr Roe was one of “the best council leaders by a country mile”.

Cllr Roe, who stood for the Conservative candidacy in this year’s London mayoral elections, was elected to Westminster City Council in 2006 and became leader six years later having previously held cabinet positions in charge of housing and finance.

Before formally entering politics Cllr Roe was an adviser to the Conservative party. She also founded, built up and sold two businesses and was a director at the Citigroup bank.

Cllr Roe was appointed to the position of Conservative group lead for devolution and public service reform on London Councils in 2014.

Meanwhile, Sheridan Westlake, who was a special adviser to former communities secretary Eric Pickles before he went on to work for Mr Cameron, was awarded an OBE for political and public service.

Former chancellor George Osborne was made a companion of honour.

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