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May vows to end automatic peerage for senior public roles

Prime minister urges peers to ‘embrace retirement’ in response to Burns report on downsizing Lords

Theresa May has said she will end “automatic entitlement to a peerage” for holders of high office in public life such as senior figures from the judiciary, police, military and civil service.

The prime minister also urged peers to “embrace retirement” at the appropriate time, as she promised to oversee “continued restraint” when making new appointments.

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