LONDON, June 6, 1992 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher led a list of 21 former members of parliament given life peerages in her successor John Major's Dissolution Honors List Saturday.
Thatcher was widely reported to be planning to use her seat in the House of Lords to continue her campaign against European union.
''I am very much looking forward to being part of Parliament once again,'' Thatcher, who has long hinted of a move to Lords, told The Times newspaper.
The list, used by the prime minister to thank stalwart supporters and recognize members of the former government, is published following a change in government, every four to five years, Conservative central office spokesman Michael Gunton said.
The current list, published at midnight Friday, includes 12 Conservatives, nine of whom were Thatcher's former cabinet members, and six former members of Parliament for the opposition Labor party.
Thatcher and her fellow ''Euro-sceptics'' were expected to take up their new positions before legislation to ratify the Maastricht Treaty, consolidating European union, reaches the House of Lords.
Former Thatcher aide Cecil Parkinson, forced to resign his post as Thatcher's trade and industry secretary following a sex scandal with his secretary, was expected to join the fight against closer European integration.
Anti-federalist support was also being predicted from Thatcher's former right hand man, Norman Tebbit, who secured her a third term as Conservative party chairman and was also given a life peerage.
''The House of Lords is generally a few years out of phase with the House of Commons,'' Tebbit told London's Independent Television. ''(Thatcher) had quite a lot of trouble with their lordships -- they're always just that bit out of phase -- and it's a very good thing.''
Major's list also included Thatcher's close ally and outspoken former secretary of state for trade and industry Nicholas Ridley. Ridley was forced to resign days after his scathing criticism of Germany and France appeared in a 1990 magazine interview, whipping up fears of German economic domination.
''I'm not against giving up sovereignty in principle, but not to that lot,'' he told The Spectator magazine. ''You might just as well give it to Adolf Hitler.''
But Thatcher's anti-European campaigning was expected to be countered by her former ''sparring partners,'' Geoffrey Howe, who resigned as Thatcher's foreign secretary, and Nigel Lawson, the former chancellor of the exchequer.
Howe's resignation from Thatcher's cabinet and his devastating attack on her style of government has been credited with precipitating her downfall in November 1990.
Thatcher, who was forced to resign after a party coup, had come under fire for her opposition to greater integration into the European Community by Britain, and her final term of office was plagued by an unpopular poll tax, rising unemployment and growing inflation.
Fellow Conservative Major succeeded Thatcher as leader of the party and prime minister on Nov. 28, 1990.