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Queen Mary medic made ‘people’s peer’

Professor Ajay Kakkar, an expert in the treatment and prevention of blood clots at Barts and The London Medical School, is set to join the House of Lords.

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He will be one of four new cross-bench peers recommended to the Prime Minister by the House of Lords Appointments Commission.

The others are paralympic gold medalist Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Design Council chair Sir Michael Bichard and Royal Opera House chief executive Tony Hall.

Kakkar is Professor of Surgical Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London and is the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s Dean for External Relations. His research interest is in the prevention and treatment of thrombosis, particularly in cancer patients.

The House of Lords Appointments Commission is an advisory body set up by the Prime Minister to make recommendations for non-party-political peerages. The Commission’s remit is to find people of distinction who will bring authority and expertise to the House of Lords.

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