This Writer has concerns about the request for Labour not to create any new peers until the Lords is reformed, though. Wouldn’t this simply give the Tories free rein in That Place?
Nearly three quarters of the peers created since the general election are party political apparatchiks, including former MPs, special advisers and party aides, a new analysis reveals.
Since May’s general election, 62 new peers have entered the Lords, including four hereditary peers and two bishops. However, by far the largest group of new peers are retiring, former or deselected MPs and MEPs – 28 of the total, according to an analysis by the Scottish National party.
Four former government special advisers and a number of Conservative party officials have also been introduced to the Lords.
The party insiders include Catherine Fall, a former deputy chief of staff to the prime minister, Simone Finn, a special adviser to trade minister Francis Maude, and a former agriculture minister, Douglas Hogg. Hogg stepped down as an MP at the 2010 election, shortly after it was revealed that he had claimed £2,000 in parliamentary expenses to maintain a moat around his country estate, which he had listed as a second home.
Only four academics and two third-sector figures have become peers over the same period.
Kenneth Gibson, an SNP MSP, said the figures provided fresh evidence of the need for Lords reform. He also called on the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to fulfil his promise not to appoint any peers to the Lords until it has been reformed. Labour has appointed six peers since the election.
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