Former Unite Chief Tony Woodley And London Labour Activists On Jeremy Corbyn's New Peerages List

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A former Unite union leader, a veteran black community activist and a close ally of Ken Livingstone are all being lined up as new Labour peers by Jeremy Corbyn, HuffPost UK can reveal.

Union stalwart Tony Woodley, former councillor Martha Osamor and ex-London Assembly member Murad Qureshi – who chairs the Stop the War Coalition – are on a longlist for the two or possibly three new peerages expected to be confirmed by the party in coming days.

In a bid to strengthen her numbers to push through Brexit bills in the Lords, Theresa May is set to appoint a raft of between 12 and 15 new Tory peers and it is understood that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is also expected to get one or two peers of its own.

The independent House of Lords Appointments Commission is ready to clear several of the nominations and Downing Street is set to make an announcement as early as next week.

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