Barrister faraway from BA aircraft by armed cops after row is given peerage by PM

A barrister who was faraway from a flight by armed cops and a council chief who bragged about attempting to kill moles with a blowtorch have been given peerages by Rishi Sunak.

The Government slipped out the information on Friday night that the PM was giving eight occasion supporters locations within the House of Lords. The checklist consists of three Tory donors who between them have given virtually £160,000 to the occasion.

Also on there’s Charles Banner, a high-flying barrister who made headlines in 2022 when his household was taken off a flight after their nanny was denied entry to enterprise class by the cabin crew. Armed police escorted the lawyer, his two youngsters and their mom off the British Airways aircraft at Heathrow Airport.

Mr Banner had paid for enterprise class tickets, nonetheless, he was instructed on the boarding gate that the household nanny had been downgraded to economic system because the flight was oversold. The barrister mentioned employees on the aircraft have been ‘impolite’ to him when he requested if the household nanny may transfer into enterprise class as he and his spouse needed to work on the flight to Turin, Italy.

He mentioned one of many cabin crew even instructed him ‘you want’. The aircraft was grounded as the talk continued on and the pilot lastly insisted the household be faraway from the flight, which was delayed.

At the time, Mr Banner mentioned: “If BA had told me that the nanny could not sit with us in business then we would not have travelled and could have got a later flight. But they only told us that when we got to the boarding gate. I behaved perfectly but I was challenging the cabin crew because it was the right thing to do. It was a very upsetting event for all of the family and the way we were treated was appalling and in contrast to over 15 years of pleasant experiences on BA flights as a regular customer.”

John Fuller, who’s the chief of South Norfolk Council, is one other of the Tories to get a peerage. In 2020, he confronted criticism from naturalist Chris Packham after it was revealed that he had posted on Facebook about attempting to kill moles with a blowtorch.

He posed for an image with a propane can in a wheelbarrow, firing flames from a torch into burrows and wrote: “A great day to be killing moles.” He later claimed he did not kill any moles in his “experiment”. Mr Fuller has beforehand donated £5,000 to the occasion.

Franck Petitgas, a former Morgan Stanley government who has given £35,000 to the Tories, and occasion Treasury Stuart Marks, who has donated £119,500, have additionally been given peerages.

Labour has been given 4 new locations within the House of Lords, whereas Plaid Cymru will get one new peer.