Independent peers rejected in favour of Cameron's allies

Sir James Dyson and Sir Hugh Orde have been passed over in favour of candidates close to David Cameron

One of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs and the former leader of Britain’s police chiefs were among a series of figures passed over for independent peerages as David Cameron appointed more than 100 political allies to the House of Lords, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

Sir James Dyson, the inventor, and Sir Hugh Orde, who was president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, were interviewed by the Whitehall committee tasked with appointing “cross-bench” peers – but both were denied places in the upper chamber.

The disclosure calls into question the system to appoint independent peers, with the House of Lords Appointments Commission having to reject the vast number of candidates it considers as a result of Mr Cameron limiting the body to making two new independent appointments per year.

Its formal role includes “add[ing] to the breadth of experience and expertise” in the...

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