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 Read more