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Tories may appoint more donors to unelected bloated Lords

June 28, 2020 2:56 PM
By Bryan Lewis

At 800 members, the unelected House of Lords is already the most bloated chamber in the developed world. Yet governments find that the urge to appoint party donors and loyalists is irresistible.

House of Lords

After the 2019 election ex-Tory MPs such as Nicky Morgan and Zac Goldsmith got a life pass to vote on our laws as they just walked down the corridor from the Commons to take their cushy new jobs for life. The House of Lords has become a home for defeated MPs rather than a serious scrutiny chamber.

The Government may be about to appoint as many as 30 more including donors such as Michael Spencer, a billionaire financier who has served as Tory treasurer, Peter Cruddas, who has given more than £3 million since 2007, and Jon Moynihan, a multimillionaire venture capitalist who chaired the Vote Leave finance committee.

Those who vote on our laws, must be accountable to those affected by those laws.

It's long past time for an overhaul of this House of Cronies, and hand power to the nations and regions of the UK. These jobs-for-life make a mockery of democracy. It's time for an overhaul.