Here is the latest nomination in our series highlighting people David Cameron should consider appointing to the House of Lords, since any Conservative administration formed after the general election would be able to call upon the support of the lowest number of Conservative peers in history.
If you would like to nominate someone, please email Jonathan Isaby with your suggestion, including key arguments for the nomination as well as biographical information. The sources of nominations will be treated confidentially where requested.
No. 57: Alistair Cooke
Michael Brown writes:
"Mr Cooke has been a senior policy adviser and effectively the modern Conservative Party's historian for many years. Apart from a seven-year stint as director general of the Independent Schools Association, he has spent a lifetime working for the party.
"He is universally admired across the party for his research skills. He has worked for every party leader for the past 35 years. Many have said that if it was not for Alistair, David Cameron might never have become party leader. It was Mr Cooke who interviewed him for his first job at the Conservative Research Department in the late 1980s.
"Mr Cooke was honoured with a OBE for his services to politics in 1988, but I believe he would have a major contribution to make in the House of Lords. He is a man of great wisdom with a love of the Party, Parliament and politics."
There are more details about Alistair Cooke's works and writings here on the Conservative Party website.
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