No 10: PM did not intervene on Dannatt

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Downing Street yesterday denied that the Prime Minister had intervened to block a Conservative peerage for former Army chief General Sir Richard Dannatt.

David Cameron announced last year that Gen Dannatt – a critic of defence policy as a serving soldier – was advising his party and would be nominated to the Lords so he could serve in a future Conservative administration.

But The Sunday Times claimed that conversations between Downing Street and Mr Cameron's office had made it clear that the nomination must be deferred. A Downing Street spokesman said Mr Brown had "no role" in the process of vetting nominations for political peerages and had not intervened.