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Venture capital investor and Tory donor John Booth has been appointed chair of a committee overseeing honours in the arts, provoking claims of political interference, writes Michael Savage.

'A Tory donor has been handed a prominent role at the heart of the UK’s honours system, the Observer can reveal.

In a move that provoked immediate claims of political interference, John Booth, a venture capital investor who has given the party more than £200,000, has been made the “independent chair” of the committee that oversees honours in the arts and media. The role means he will also sit on the main honours committee, which considers all awards.

Booth, who had already been appointed chair of the National Gallery last year, was quietly installed as chair of the arts and media honours committee this month. It comes after complaints that cultural posts have been handed to people close to the Conservative party'... Keep reading on The Observer