Tommy Sheppard MP for Edinburgh East is the SNP House of Lords spokesperson, and he has aired his view on the growth of the House of Lords in the last decade.
The House of Lords has now grown to accommodate around 800 peers – and Sheppard says that ‘only communist China has a larger unelected legislative body’. There have been 364 peerages granted in the last decade – the list of those conferred in 2020 is below.
Mr Sheppard has called for an urgent review into the so-called “honours-for-chums” that he says “threatens the credibility of our democracy”. He claims that the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has handed out around 170 peerages to fellow Tory politicians and advisers.
Tommy Sheppard said: “These Lords are unelected and unaccountable. It is an affront to our democracy that the Tories have been allowed to stuff the House of Lords with their party chums, election losing has-beens and Whitehall cronies.
“In a year when many working families have faced job losses and financial insecurities, it is sickening that Boris Johnson has chosen to dish out so many of these £300-a-day jobs-for- life to the likes of Ruth Davidson, and even his own brother, Jo Johnson.
“There’s growing anger amongst voters and allowing this kind of Westminster sleaze to continue any longer threatens the credibility of our democracy.
“It’s time to pull the brakes on this gravy train and urgently review this honours for chums scandal.
“The sooner this undemocratic, out-of-touch institution is abolished – and replaced with an elected chamber – the better.”
|2020 PEERAGES||PARTY AFFILIATION|
|Nicola Ann Morgan||Conservative|
|Frank Zacarias Robin Goldmsith||Conservative|
|Robert John Reed||Crossbench|
|Gerlad Edgar Grimstone||Conservative|
|Stephen John Greenhalgh||Conservative|
|Ian Austin||Labour / Non-affiliated|
|Kathryn Sloane Clark||Labour|
|Gisela Stuart||Labour / Non-affiliated|
|Frank Field||Labour / Non-affiliated|
|Claie Regina Fox||Brexit Party / Non-affiliated|
|Catharine Hoey||Labour / Non-affiliated|
|Joseph Edmund Johnson||Conservative|
|Sir Richard Benyon||Conservative|
|Dame Jacqueline Foster||Conservative|
|Rt Revd. And Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu||Crossbench|