A former adviser to Boris Johnson is set to become the youngest-ever counterpart after being included in the controversial roll of honor for his resignation.
Charlotte Owen, 29, is appointed to the House of Lords by the ex-Prime Minister along with her Tories colleagues Shaun Bailey and Ben Houchen.
Mr Johnson’s full roll of honor was released just before his resignation on Friday (June 9), sparking a political row with Rishi Sunak after MPs Nadine Dorries and Nigel Adams were left out.
A Parliamentary hairdresser, MP Michael Fabricant and former Home Secretary Priti Patel were among Mr Johnson’s other allies to be presented with gongs.
Mrs. Owen will now become Baroness Owen. Here we take a look at who she is and how she earned this honor.
Charlotte Katherine Tranter was born in 1993 and attended the University of York, graduating in 2015 with a 2-1 in Politics and International Relations. ITV reports.
She worked as an intern at Portland, a strategic communications consultancy, before spending a month as a constituency intern for Tory MP William Wragg.
Ms Owen then worked for Mr Johnson as a parliamentary trainee for six months. She then became Alok Sharma’s parliamentary assistant and held this position for seven months.
She then served as Senior Parliamentary Assistant to Jake Berry and Mr Johnson for a year and nine months before working exclusively for the former Prime Minister for a year and two months.
From February 2021 to October 2022, Ms Owen served as Special Advisor to Mr Johnson and Liz Truss during her brief tenure as Prime Minister.
Ms Owen also reportedly worked for Liz Truss and the No. 10 Politics Division.
“She had a few jobs in Parliament” Sky newssaid Liz Bates. One of them worked for Boris Johnson,
“After all, she worked for Policy Department Number 10. And I think at the end of her political career she was working for Liz Truss and the then Principal Conductor, not a brilliant political career by any stretch of the imagination, but she will also go into the House of Lords.”
Mr Johnson also presented awards to a number of aides implicated in the Partygate scandal.
He was accused of “disgusting insults” to the bereaved after handing out gongs to allies involved in the affair, including a so-called “party marty”.
Martin Reynolds, his former chief private secretary who boasted: “We seem to have gotten away with the ‘bring your own booze’ garden party during the coronavirus restrictionswas nominated for peerage.
There were also tributes to Dan Rosenfield, his former chief of staff, and Jack Doyle, his former communications director, both of whom were in office during a number of rule-breaking periods.
Former Head of Operations No 10 Shelley Williams-Walker – who was reportedly nicknamed ‘DJ SWW’ after playing music from a laptop during a No 10 party on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral – was awarded a dame.
And there was a title of peerage for former London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey, who was photographed at what appeared to be a lockdown Christmas party at Conservative Party headquarters in 2020.
Labor said it was a “nauseating insult that those who have been planning Covid parties and throwing drunken lockdown parties while families have been unable to mourn loved ones are now being presented with gongs by Rishi Sunak.”
The dispute over Ms Dorrries and Mr Adams – who also both resigned last week – not being included in the list of peerages continues.
Mr Johnson accused Mr Sunak of “talking nonsense” after the Prime Minister claimed he asked him to “do something I wasn’t prepared to do”.
*This article was modified at 2:40 p.m. on June 19. An earlier version said Jacob Rees-Mogg and Andre Jenkyns had been included in the House of Lords on Boris Johnson’s list of resignations. A Knights Bachelor Knighthood and a Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire were indeed awarded. or*