Theresa May dodges questions on peerage for Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage could be in line for a peerage. Picture: JP
Nigel Farage could be in line for a peerage. Picture: JP
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THERESA May has refused to say whether talks have taken place over a peerage for Ukip’s Nigel Farage.

The Prime Minister was asked if there had been any official conversations on the issue by SNP MP George Kerevan.

But Mrs May insisted the usual procedure is not to discuss such matters in public.

Interim Ukip leader Mr Farage became the first British politician to meet US President-elect Donald Trump and believes his “connections” could be useful to the Government if it wants to secure a trade deal with the US.

But Number 10 insisted the Government’s channels of communications are “well-established” as it dismissed the prospect of Mr Farage becoming the “third person” in the relationship between Mr Trump and Mrs May.

Mr Kerevan, speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions, asked: “Can the Prime Minister confirm or deny if there have been any official conversations at any level regarding giving Nigel Farage a peerage?”

MPs laughed following the question, with Mrs May replying: “All I can say to you, I’m afraid, is that such matters are normally never discussed in public.”

Mrs May’s official spokeswoman, speaking outside the Commons, said the Prime Minister was making a point about process.

She said: “We don’t comment on individuals, there’s a process to be followed.

“You will have heard the Prime Minister talk in October about her views on the honours system and making sure that it recognises people who really contribute to society and their communities.”