Ministry Of Sound founder becomes Lib Dem peer

James Palumbo has been a supporter of the party since 2004

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Ministry Of Sound nightclub founder James Palumbo has been nominated for a Liberal Democrat peerage by the party's leader Nick Clegg.

As the BBC reports, nominations for peerages are put forward by each party leader and are then "vetted" by the House of Lords appointments commission. The 30 nominees will take their seats when the House Of Lords returns from its summer recess in September – meaning there will be 800 members of the House of Lords.

Palumbo founded the Ministry Of Sound nightclub in south London in 1991. He is believed to have been an active supporter of the Lib Dems since 2004. The club is currently embroiled in a battle with developers who want to turn the building opposite the venue into flats, a move Palumbo argues will lead to the club's closure.

Although the planning application from Oakmayne Properties to build a 41-storey luxury residential tower block less than 10 metres from the nightclub was rejected on the grounds that it breached several policies including providing no social housing, excessive height and overcrowding as well as the noise impact from the club on residents, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson has "called in" the application to reconsider it. The Mayor holds the power to overturn rejected planning applications and grant approval.

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