Northern Ireland

Sir Reg Empey to become a peer

Reg Empey
Image caption Sir Reg Empey is named in the prime minister's list of peers

The former Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey is to become a member of the House of Lords.

Sir Reg stood down as party leader this year after his party failed to win any seats in the General Election.

He was leader of the party for five years and stood down as employment and learning minister after Tom Elliott became UUP leader.

His name is included in a list of peers which was published on Friday.

It is the first list since David Cameron became Prime Minister last June.

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