The official announcement has just come through. There are 56 new peers entering the House of Lords. There are 29 Labour, 16 Tories, 9 Lib Dems, 1 DUP and 1 cross-bencher.
John Prescott (pictured): Croquet-playing, Tweeting, sentence-mangling former deputy prime minister.
John Reid: Scottish former defence secretary (and home secretary, and health secretary) who now chairs Celtic football club
Margaret Wheeler: Unison, director of organisation
Michael Williams: former adviser on foreign affairs
Des Browne: Scottish former defence secretary
Quentin Davies (pictured): former defence secretary who crossed the floor from the Tories and put his bell tower on expenses
Bev Hughes: Former immigration and prisons minister
Sir Jeremy Beecham, former chair of Local Government Association
Rita Donaghy, former chair of Conciliation and Arbitration Service
Tommy McAvoy: Former senior whip in the Commons
Hilary Armstrong: North-east MP who remained loyal to Blair until the end.
John Hutton (pictured): Blarite former defence secretary who resigned last summer but did not knife Gordon Brown
Jeannie Drake, former deputy general secretary of Communication Workers Union
Dianne Hayter, chair of Legal Services Communication Panel (and chair of Labour’s national executive committee)
John McFall: Respected former head of the Treasury select committee and Brown loyalist
Angela Smith (presumably former PPS to Gordon Brown)
Roy Kennedy, Labour’s director of finance and compliance
Helen Liddell: former secretary of state for Scotland
Jack McConnell: former first minister of Scotland
Wilf Stevenson: Former head of controversial Smith Institute which had close links to Gordon Brown.
Sue Nye (pictured): Gordon Brown’s gatekeeper (and wife of Gavyn Davies) who he famously derided during “Bigot-gate”.
Anna Healey: former special adviser to Harriet Harman and wife of Jon Cruddas MP
Roger Liddle: an adviser on European matters to Labour
John Monks: gen sec of European TUC (and previously head of national TUC)
Maeve Sherlock: former chief exec of the Refugee Council
Jim Knight: former education minister
Don Touhig: former MoD minister
David Wills: former minister in Ministry of Justice
John Gummer: environmentally-leaning former Suffolk MP
John Maples: Tory grandee
Michael Spicer: former head of the 22 committee
Tim Boswell: former whip
Angela Browning: former Maff Parliamentary secretary
Helen Newlove: campaigner against drink-related violence
Guy Black: senior executive at the Telegraph group who previously was a press secretary to Mr Howard.
Shireen Ritchie (pictured): grassroots Tory and mother of Guy Ritchie, film director
Simon Wolfson: chief executive of Next
Dolar Popat: Ugandan-born Indian millionaire and Tory donor
Margaret Eaton: Chair of the Local Government Association
John Gardiner: deputy chief exec of Countryside Alliance
Edward Faulks QC: barrister
Deborah Stedman-Scott: chief executive of Tomorrow’s People, employment charity
Nat Wei: founder of Teach First
Ken McDonald: Former director of public prosecutions
Floella Benjamin (pictured): Actress, author, TV personality
Mike German: former deputy first minister of Wales
Meral Hussein: Islington councillor
Richard Allan: former MP
Matthew Taylor: former MP for Truro and St Austell
Phil Willis: former MP for Harrogate
Kathryn Parminter, former ceo of Campaign to Protect Rural England
John Shipley, Newcastle councillor
Ian Paisley (pictured): former head of the Democratic Unionist Party
Sir Ian Blair (pictured): former head of the Metropolitan Police who was deposed by Boris Johnson soon after the latter became London mayor.
There are also three knighthoods: Keith HIll (former minister), William O’Brien (former MP) and Ian McCartney (former minister)