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Arise Lord Offord as Tory donor takes seat in House of Lords to become Scotland Office Minister

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A big Tory party donor and failed election candidate has taken his seat in the House of Lords so he can serve as a Scotland Office Minister in Boris Johnson’s government.Malcolm Offord, who unsuccessfully stood for the Scottish Parliament in May, received a peerage to enable him to take up the role as a junior Minister to Scottish Secretary Alister Jack.

Lord Offord of Garvel wore the traditional scarlet robes for the short introduction ceremony in the upper chamber where he swore the oath of allegiance to the Queen.The 57-year-old was flanked by supporters and fellow Tory peers Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, the former Scottish secretary, and Lord Kirkham.The appointment of the financier as a junior minister at the Scotland Office after failing

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