UK Politics

Boris Johnson and Ed Miliband's lawyer wives made QCs

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Image caption Justine Thornton, whose husband is ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband, and Marina Wheeler, whose husband is Mayor of London Boris Johnson

Justine Thornton and Marina Wheeler, whose husbands are Ed Miliband and Boris Johnson, have been appointed QCs.

Ms Thornton, an environmental barrister, and Ms Wheeler, a human rights lawyer, are part of 107 new appointments - 25 of whom are women.

Ms Wheeler said she would celebrate with family on the weekend, her husband Mr Johnson is said be to "delighted".

Ms Thornton, whose husband led Labour in the 2015 election, said she was "absolutely delighted" to be appointed.

Each year candidates from the legal profession are considered by an independent panel and chosen on merit for their "excellence in advocacy in the higher courts".

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A formal ceremony will be held to officially give those selected their new rank in Parliament next month.

Michael Gove, the justice secretary, commended them for demonstrating "their excellence as advocates in practice".

Lawyers who become QCs are often said to be "taking silk" as they get the right to wear special robes in court.

BBC Law in Action presenter Joshua Rozenberg was among eight people made an "Honorary QC" to recognise "the major contribution each has made to the law of England and Wales outside of practice in the courts".