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Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson nominated as 'people's peer'

Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson receiving her honour in 2005
Tanni Grey-Thompson was made a Dame in 2005

Paralympic gold medallist Tanni Grey-Thompson is set to become a "people's peer" after a recommendation from the House of Lords Appointments Commission.

Dame Tanni is Britain's most successful Paralympian, with 11 Olympic golds for wheelchair racing, as well as seven golds in World Championships.

The Cardiff-born wheelchair racer has set 30 world records in her career.

She will be one of four new non-party-political peers recommended to the Prime Minister by the commission.

The others are Design Council chair, executive director of the Institute for Government and former Whitehall mandarin Sir Michael Bichard, Royal Opera House chief executive and former BBC journalist Tony Hall, and eminent surgeon Professor Ajay Kakkar.

Grey-Thompson was appointed a Dame of Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005. She was appointed an MBE in 1993 and an OBE in 1999.



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