Former Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has been made a life peer, Downing Street has announced.

Lord Hogan-Howe is one of a clutch of senior figures appointed to sit as crossbenchers in the House of Lords.

He is joined by the former chief of the defence staff General Sir Nicholas Houghton, the former lord chief justice Sir Ian Duncan Burnett, the former bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, and the former private secretary to the Queen, Sir Christopher Geidt.

Sir Nicholas Houghton and Sir Michael FallonThe former chief of the defence staff General Sir Nicholas Houghton (left) with Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

The Conservative former minister Mike Penning and the former government whip and ex-party vice chairman Robert Syms are to be knighted.

Lord Hogan-Howe retired as the head of Britain’s biggest police force earlier this year, after five years in the post.

During his time in office he promoted a “total policing” approach and oversaw the policing of the 2012 London Olympics.

The Rt Rev Richard Chartres Former bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres (Anthony Devlin/PA)

His time was marked by controversy over the Operation Midland investigation into an alleged VIP paedophile ring.

The £2.5 million inquiry closed without making a single arrest despite raiding the homes of a number of high-profile figures who were falsely accused of child abuse and even murder.

The main accuser, known only as Nick, is now facing possible charges of fraud and perverting the course of justice after Northumbria Police passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service.