MP Ian Austin is set to receive a life peerage for his work in politics, according to reports.
Mr Austin, who was the MP for Dudley North for 14 years before stepping down ahead of last year’s general election, is among 30 new peers to be announced later this month, The Times reports.
The former Government Minister announced his decision to quit Labour in February 2019, accusing Jeremy Corbyn of “poisoning” the party with extremism.
He then urged people to vote Tory in November’s election in order to stop the “catastrophe” of Mr Corbyn getting into power.
Mr Austin had been one of a small number of Labour MPs to defy the party whip and back Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal in the Commons.
He is currently the chair of Mainstream UK, the campaign group he formed to fight against extremism.
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