Ap­point­ment of new peers blasted

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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.”

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