A former Devon MP is to become a member of the House of Lords after being given a peerage in the Dissolution Honours List.
Angela Browning, MP for Tiverton and Honiton from 1992 until 2010, was also Conservative Party deputy chairman.
The 63-year-old was an agriculture minister under John Major's government, and also held several shadow ministerial posts.
She announced in November 2006 that she would step down at the 2010 election.
She had a majority of about 11,000 when she was re-elected to Parliament in 2005.
Dissolution Honours Lists are made with the approval of the Queen at the end of every Parliament, and provide outgoing prime ministers with an opportunity to reward colleagues.
They also allow the new prime minister to appoint working peers.