Appointment of new peers blasted
SNP MP Margaret Ferrier has lambasted the appointment of 45 new peers last week to the House of Lords in the 2015 Dissolution Peerages.
The UK’s upper house of parliament is the second largest parliamentary chamber in the world.
Those eligible to sit in the house now sits at 826.
It has been long standing SNP policy to ditch the House of Lords, and last week’s announcement has irked the MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West.
Ms Ferrier said:“These fresh appointments to the already bloated House of Lords make an absolute mockery of democracy. This unelected body is completely obscene; it’s ludicrous that people continue to be appointed as legislators without the electorate having a say.
“It is completely incomprehensible how the Liberal Democrats with eight MPs, were able to appoint 11 peers.”
“Notwithstanding those with no political or legislative experience; one person has been appointed who was not reselected to stand in the last General Election by her own party; two people lost their seats in the General Election; 20 former MP’s who stood down in 2015; and another claimed over £2,000 in public money to clean his moat.
“It is no shock to see anti-Scottish independence stalwarts Alistair Darling and Michelle Mone elevated to the House of Lords, and with the new peers reportedly costing taxpayers a further £1.2m, I’m sure many people who believed their arguments will now be left wondering if we really are Better Together.”