August 8th, 2014

Donors, Aides, Cronies: New Peers in Full

Conservative Party

  • Karren Brady CBE – Vice-Chairman of West Ham FC; Senior Non-Executive Director of the Syco and Arcadia Brands; Small Business Ambassador for the Conservative Party; and member of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Women in Sport Advisory Board
  • Martin Callanan – former Conservative Member of the European Parliament for the North East of England; former Leader of the Conservative MEPs and of the European Conservatives and Reformists group
  • Carlyn Chisholm – senior volunteer in the Conservative Party; Co-Chairman of the Conservative Candidates Committee; former nurse
  • Andrew Cooper – former Director of Political Operations to the Conservative Party; founder and Board Director of Populus
  • Natalie Evans – Director of New Schools Network, an independent educational charity established to provide free advice and support for groups wanting to set up free schools
  • Michael Farmer – Founding Partner of RK Mine Finance Group; Trustee of the Kingham Hill Trust; Treasurer of the Conservative Party
  • Dido Harding – Chief Executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC
  • Arminka Helic – government special adviser to William Hague; leading adviser to government on preventing sexual violence in conflict
  • Nosheena Mobarik CBE – businesswoman; former Chairman of CBI Scotland; founder and convener of the Scotland Pakistan Network; Chairman of the Pakistan Britain Trade and Investment Forum
  • Sir Stuart Rose – former Chief Executive and Chairman of Marks and Spencer PLC
  • Joanna Shields OBE – leading technology industry executive and entrepreneur; the Prime Minister’s Digital Adviser; Chair of Tech City UK; and Non-Executive Director of the London Stock Exchange
  • Ranbir Suri – businessman; former General Secretary of the Board of British Sikhs

Labour Party

  • Michael Cashman CBE – Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands constituency; equality rights campaigner; former actor
  • Chris Lennie – political strategist; former Deputy Secretary General of the Labour Party
  • Dame Gail Rebuck – businesswoman, publisher, chairman of Penguin Random House UK

Liberal Democrat Party

  • Chris Fox – Director of Group Communications for GKN; former Chief Executive of the Liberal Democrats
  • Cllr David Goddard – elected Member of Stockport Metropolitan Council; former Leader of Stockport Council; former Member of the Greater Manchester Police Authority; former Non-Executive Director of Manchester International Airport
  • Cllr Barbara Janke – elected Member and former Leader of Bristol City Council; former teacher
  • Cllr Kath Pinnock – elected Member and former Leader of Kirklees Council
  • Paul Scriven – managing partner for Scriven Consulting; former elected Member and Leader of Sheffield City Council; former senior NHS manager
  • Cllr Dr Julie Smith – elected Member of Newnham City Council; Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at Cambridge University; Fellow of Robinson College

There are now over 850 peers in the House of Lords…


183 Comments

  1. 1
    telephone a friend says:

    Nothing for Duncan Shites family and cronies

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    • 10
      Lord Sugar says:

      Never underestimate me because you will be making a fatal error. I don’t like liars. I don’t like cheats. I don’t like bullshitters. I don’t like schmoozers and I don’t like arse-lickers.”

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      • 22
        Toxic Labour for Spongers, Scroungers, Parasites, Criminals, Layabouts & other Wasters says:

        Another batch of parasites to be funded from my extortionate tax.

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        • 53
          Socialism is theft says:

          More dodgy Liblabcons in power milking the taxpayer. Just what is needed.

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          • Anonymous says:

            The Lords desperately needs reform into a democratically elected, revising chamber, but will this happen?

            Of course not. Cronies need rewarding and all those idiots like Clegg need careers after they’re booted out of the commons.

            I’m guessing it won’t be long before the state of Israel has representation in the Lords in return for the Tory funding.

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      • 76
        The two Muppets says:

        Lord Sugar is full of his own importance ,a complete muppet .

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      • 165

        That s why you re a Lord then is it SweetiePie?

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    • 57
      The Growler says:

      “There are now over 850 peers in the House of Lords…” far too many, non elected, most ex politicos, it is time the “upper house” was suject to culling, no more than 500, let the lords temporal hereditary and non hereditary actually represent a constituency and subject themselves to the electorate, this constant inflating the HoL with party apparatchiks, donors etc just can not go on. Those that do attend the HoL do seem to attend more days of the year than MPs @ £350 a day

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      • 72

        Plastic peers; ermine vermin; call ‘em what you will, they are nothing but a crowd of place(wo)men, box-wallahs, tax-eaters and toadies.

        My propsal is this: while the working-class storms the Commons, the middle-class can torch Whitehall and we in the upper-class can sort out the ‘Lords’. We’d have to take out Ashdown first, after which it should be easy enough.

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        • 89
          The Growler says:

          Bill, that has always been the case in revolutions throughout the ages, the agitators have always been the middle and upper classes, the working classes have always been the foot soldiers without them the revolution will fail.

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        • 91
          Norma Stitz says:

          What a depressing list. The usual cosy establishment stitch-up with a whiff of corruption swirling round it. Karren Brady has come a long way on a thin talent, via working for a notorious pornographer. She should indeed take the title Lady Muck, as has been suggested.

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          • RichUpNorth says:

            Brady apparently has some ability, but her first job as a “businesswoman” came about because she was David Sullivans’ girlfriend, didn’t it?

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      • 128
        Anonymous says:

        You could say the same about the HoC as well. France makes do with a lot less and now most of the laws/directives come from Brussels.

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      • 166

        In Italy the yre talking of culling to ONE HUNDRED!!

        Not that it ll get anywhere too many embedded vested interests at work .

        Remind you of “another place ” ??

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    • 90
      Anonymous says:

      850 in House of Lords. How much do they cost us? What is the figure for the last available year?
      pissed off voter

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    • 94
      The Palace of P**dos says:

      How many of them are Child Abusers ?

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    • 173
      Jilted Jill. says:

      How on earth did they overlook (Lord) George Galloway?

      And our street cleaner does a fantastic job – worth a seat in The Lords, I feel.

      Prescott had the right idea (until he joined)! Pull The Place down!

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  2. 2
    Baroness Warsi says:

    Disgusting, I see no Muslims on the list !

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  3. 3
    SJC says:

    So Kath Pinnock gets a life peerage for “services to Lib Dem coverups ion Portsmouth”. Nice work if you can get it.

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    • 36
      Peer Review says:

      Another Lib Dem cover up?

      Is she the one who’s pals with Gerald Vernon-Jackson, who failed to suspend Mike Hancock?

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      • 125
        SJC says:

        The very same. Both ALDC board members, old pals. Even some local Lib Dems think her report was a cover-up.

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        • 161
          Peer Review says:

          Did she even interview Gerald Vernon-Jackson or Mike Hancock? What was her actual published remit?

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  4. 4
    dai OMG says:

    nothing to worry the kaiser here

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  5. 5
    Bricktop says:

    What a bunch of wankers – not a proper job between them. Democracy in action, no wonder politicians are so hated. Vote UKIP

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    • 28
      Fishy says:

      That’s not true. Look again.

      The Tories have enrolled a lot of business expertise there. You are right though when it comes to the LabLib nominations. All of them former public sector hanger’s on

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    • 81
      Rob Roy says:

      Spot on Bricktop! And “they” wonder why the public hate ‘em so much. Vote UKIP :)

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  6. 6
    Bummingham Titty says:

    “Women in Sport Advisory Board”? Shurely “Women in The Sport Advisory Board”.

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    • 62

      It’s the advisory board on women-in-sport and it’s the counterpart to the successful Men in Sport Advisory Board. For some reason there is no Horses in Sport Advisory Board. The Jolly Good Sport Advisory Board was abolished as part of the Coalition’s depleasurization policies.

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    • 84
      Rob Roy says:

      Women in sport advisory bar?
      Women in sport advisory bra?

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  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    5 out of 6 Lib Dems are/were local Councillors

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    • 30
      Anonymous says:

      Stockport Council couldn’t be arsed to collect stinking food bins after the one day strike. Some bins were left in the streets for a fortnight and he gets a seat in the Lords.

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    • 113
      Violent Asquith says:

      Forty percent of Lib Dim councilors have been voted out in the last three council elections. Their councilors support and organise the Lib Dem Parliamentary campaigns at General Elections.
      Clegg has to reward as many as he can, in this case with tax payers’ money.

      Clegg himself will have sorted his own future out long ago as a Lord, Paper Clip Supremo in the EU or some such sinecure that only requires him to wear his concerned expression and a polyester tie.

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  8. 8
    Matt says:

    And so the House of Lords becomes even more bloated. Probably about time there was a ‘one in, one out’ policy introduced.

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  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Future appointments should be
    – limited to max term of say 20 years
    – limited to those who have never been an MP, MEP, Councillor or official of a political party

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    • 65
      The Growler says:

      Most of them after 20 years would be pushing up daisies, if not before, they seem to over eat and get even fatter in the Lords, imagine Eric Pickles as a lord he would get even bigger (is that possible)

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      • 122
        Violent Asquith says:

        Eric could earn money on the side as a model for toby jugs. He would have to watch his figure though!

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      • 156
        RichUpNorth says:

        If Eric Pickles get any bigger he’ll do a “Mr Creosote” and explode. Hope it’s caught on camera if he does.
        Keep stuffing “wafer-thin mints” in his cakehole.

        … and vote UKIP.

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    • 87
      The Lone Ranger says:

      1. No future appointments.
      2. During sittings, use the building for SAS live-fire training.

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  10. 12
    SS says:

    Ranbir Suri Good chap built up a business from zero after being kicked out of Uganda by Idi Amin, employs a lot of people.

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    • 17
      The Labour Party says:

      Only white people can be racist.

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    • 64
      Norm Normal says:

      Excellent example. If only Yasmin Alibhai-Brown had achieved something similar. Instead became a professional wind bag and added nothing to the country that gave her shelter and a 1st class education.

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    • 92
      The Lone Ranger says:

      “Ranbir Suri Good chap built up a business from zero ….”

      So fucking what? I’m self-employed, pay my taxes and have never claimed benefit. Ditto millions. We’re not handed a nice little earner. It’s called living.

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  11. 14
    Why are Yeo, Miller & Hancock still MPs says:

    Gosh, we as a nation are blessed. It is good to see that religious minorities have done so well!
    Why does Dave feel that he absolutely had to raise these people to the Lords?

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    • 19
      Vote Tory, get unlimited immigration says:

      The Supreme Imbecile heard there were still a few people in the country who didn’t hate him, and he decided to fuck them off, too?

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  12. 16
    Laugh now as later on the smiles could be tears says:

    Political appointments, not for helping the country but for helping themselves and their political parties, the Sirs and Lords mean nothing anymore, just a way of getting in front of a queue and not for doing work for the country.

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    • 75
      The Growler says:

      At one time you only became a lord if you were the first born of a lord (earl or duke), the first born son of a king became a duke unless he died then a younger sibling male would assume the title, or even if in certain cirumstances the favourite courtisan (posh for tart) in the past the king make them a lord.

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  13. 20
    Person Non Grata says:

    Westminster Peedo Scandal: Current MPs Named ‘Again and Again’ in Calls to S*x Ab*se H*lpline.

    http://tinyurl.com/ogqponx

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    • 37
      Mike Hardcock says:

      That could cost us half of our seats in the HoC before we get obliterated at the General Election.

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      • 50
        Person Non Grata says:

        The issue will remain incognito until after the general election, and if the Tories lose. Forgotten.

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        • 80
          The Growler says:

          Not if Nige and chums get a good showing at the GE, besides haven’t there some Torwies who have been naughty little boys.

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  14. 21
    F##k the LibLabCon says:

    Ok ok, so now ISIS & ISIL are the evil bad guys and we have to bomb them to hell.

    I thought these guys were the democratic saviours of Syria fighting that nasty horrible Bashar al-Assad guy and they needed our help in the way of guns, bombs, air strikes, money, food and water. Am I missing something here???

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    • 31
      Smoking Kills says:

      Dave’s having a COBRA meeting this morning so I wonder what he has in mind for our military?

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    • 41
      Fishy says:

      No. The good guys in Syria were the Free Syrian Army. We failed to support them and protect them from the assault by Assad when Miliband reneged on his agreement to TREATEN intervention in the form of a no-fly zone (which would have been the subject of a further parliamentary debate and vote).

      The untrustworthy Miliband saw an opportunity to play student politics to get one over on Cameron and in doing so created a whirlwind that blew out of control. The FSA were compromised and a Miliband created a vacuum that ISIL quickly moved into.

      The seeds of this present tragedy were sown by the uselss, dangerous idiot Miliband. He has the blood of thousands of Syrians on his hands – children that were barrel bombed, and now Christians and other sects in Iraq.

      A Marxist responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people is nothing new. The evil Hobsbawm would be so proud of his protégé.

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      • 66
        Red team vs Blue team Glasses says:

        So we need to bomb more women and children to save more women and children?

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        • 153
          inside out says:

          No just bomb approx 20,000 ISIS fanatical murdering scumbags from all around the world.Who are murdering and beheading young children.The world will be a better place without them,besides they won’t come back here.

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      • 70
        Tonto says:

        “good guys in Syria” is an oxymoron.

        You should stick to watching old episodes of the Lone Ranger.

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      • 131
        The two Muppets says:

        “Fishy” I agree with your post 100% . Yes ,Miliband has a lot to
        answer for . He is nothing but a back stabbing coward .
        God help us all if ever this muppet gets anywhere near Government .

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      • 150
        Odds favour ? says:

        Ah, Fishy returns.

        I posted a comment Wednesday re HMRC proposals for tax raids, which you sought to knock down, but without substantiating the points you made.

        In return, I requested a link and/or documentation to support your comment. (Should be very easy to provide brief citation).

        But no response. I’d welcome a reply, as genuinely interested.

        (The comments were part of the thread following Guido’s August 6 article “Boris interrupted by spin doctor in TV interview” — numbers 186 and 205 respectively)

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    • 43
      Be Informed says:

      Fvckwit!

      The Syrian conflict is 3 sided. There are moderate anti-Assad forces, that have Western backing and there are the murderous bastards in ISIS.

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      • 56
        Laugh now as later on the smiles could be tears says:

        ISIS would have been running Syria now if the people of Britain had left it to gormless Dave to bomb Assad, good job he wasn’t listening to the country with his getto blaster on.

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        • 111
          Fred the pensioner says:

          Isis would not even have been a twinkle in their daddies’ eyes if those cvnts Blair and Bush had not completely buggered up the entire middle east on some jumped up false pretext. We need a lynch party!

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        • 137
          Cognito says:

          But… the yanks trained ISIS!

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      • 59
        Smoking Kills says:

        What if Putin uses this same logic to go into East Ukraine… what happens then?

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      • 61
        F##k the LibLabCon says:

        Oh yes of course they will be “targeted” air-strikes I’m sure, only a few innocent civilians will be killed.

        Have we been here before?

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        • 82
          Norm Normal says:

          How do you suggest the slaughter and genocide of a 4700 year old culture is prevented?

          Do we send the UN to save the Yazidis? They don’t exactly have a good record on this!

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          • I suggest we put Blair on trial for kicking this all off in the first place with his lies.

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          • Fred the pensioner says:

            That’s what I said at 111 above before I had read down this far. Problem is nobody in authority seems to be listening to what the public think.

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          • The British establishment are cunts says:

            The Palace of P**dos says:
            August 8, 2014 at 11:12 am
            “I suggest we put Blair on trial for kicking this all off in the first place with his lies.”

            But when Blair said we were 45 mins from an attack from Sadam, the “we” he was referring to were the Z’ioloons. So in that respect, he wasn’t lying!

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          • The Palace of P**dos says:

            I was referring to his lie to parliament that the intelligence on Saddams possession of WMD was ‘beyond doubt’ when it was nothing of the sort.

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      • 71
        táxpáyér says:

        “There are moderate anti-Assad forces” Someone’s been “informed” by the MSM.

        LOL Change moniker to “Be Naive”..

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      • 126
        Anonymous says:

        No, there are ‘moderate’ head-choppers who are part of Al-Qaeda – Al Nusra and islamic Front. They are backed by the Saudis, Turkey, Qatar, (the US and the UK back them indirectly)

        Then you have the other moderate head-choppers who are lots of various factions with wide-ranging ideology and politics who are loosely affiliated. They are called the FSA. They are backed by the above and directly by the US and UK.

        Then you have the extremist head-choppers called ISIS/ISIL/IS. The really nasty lot and they are backed by Qatar and private Saudi citizens.

        Then there are the Kurds.

        If we bombed Assad and heavily supported the FSA then IS would be in Damascus killing everything.

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    • 88
      Multicultural Trojan Horse says:

      I’m having a hard time understanding why all this isn’t yet more bullshit.

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  15. 23

    They are all brown nosers and donors. What a surprise.

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  16. 26
    Anonymous says:

    Now that they are not automatically entitled to sit in the Lords, there is no real argument against hereditary peerages being reinstated for non-political persons who have done the country real service.

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  17. 27
    Red Ken Lyingscum says:

    WHERE’S MY FUCKING PEERAGE ????!!!

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  18. 29
    Totally unbelievable. Wake me up somebody, please says:

    Kath Pinnock ?????????????????
    omfg
    OMFG
    OOOOO MMMM Fucking GGG

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    • 38
      Peer Review says:

      A very fair comment, all things considered.

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    • 39
      Anonymous says:

      The monkeys have taken over the Zoo, corruption is rife, what has this woman ever done except promote the muslimification of Kirklees?

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      • 105
        Norm Normal says:

        Kath Pinnock in the local Huddersfield Examiner. All the evidence you would ever need of someone committed to destroying Britain with silly ideas and political correctness.

        http://tinyurl.com/prj7kkk

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        • 144
          Pastimes says:

          Kirklees Councillors have protected us proles for years by making Kirklees a “Nuclear-free-zone”. Haven’t noticed the roadsigns notifying the world of this for a while but there’s not alot of need for signs in english in North Kirklees.

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          • Norm Normal says:

            They decided they didn’t need signs in Huddersfield. They painted them on the road instead. Problem is at rush hour you can’t see them because of the traffic jams. Hence driving around Huddersfield at rush hour without SatNav is impossible. You can see bewildered motorists circling roundabouts trying to catch a glimpse of the wording under the car in front.

            Good old LibDems.

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  19. 32
    Rickytshirt says:

    Where are the Ukip Peers?

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    • 35
      Capt. Mainwaring, ukip, Walmington-on-Sea says:

      Numbers correspond to the number of ukip MPS.

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    • 100
      Winston says:

      UKIP don’t want to have any peers. They don’t want to be part of the corrupt, crony system. I hope they announce plans for a massive cull and reform of the Lords and Commons in the Autumn.

      UKIP: the only alternative to the political stich-up of LibLabCon.

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      • 119
        Rickytshirt says:

        Firstly, they’ve got three already.

        Secondly, Nigel Farage was saying five days ago that he thought that Ukip should have more peers.

        I’m not criticising Ukip, I’m just saying that what you are saying is inaccurate.

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        • 133
          Hear All See All says:

          Strangely Winston & Ricky are both correct, despite appearing at odds with one another. Farage just publicized the previously published establishment comment that the number of peers should represent the share of the popular vote at the last election.
          GF has been a wee bit disengenuous in not pointing this out by listing under a UKIP heading, that no new UKIP peers have been appointed to remedy the woeful shortfall.

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  20. 33
    Bent Rod says:

    A truly fine and worthy list of additions to my mixed bag which includes my personal favourites, time served criminals.

    All most deserving of their 300 Great British Pounds per day!

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  21. 34
    Anonymous says:

    850 x £300 per day………£1.275 million per week, if they all turn up.

    Absolutely scandalous.

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    • 49
      Bent Rod says:

      Indeed, and as superb operators at all levels, they are a dab hand at getting others to dab on!

      Voilà you don’t have to attend to claim your 300 and even if you do, a stay of approximately 3 minutesto sign will do the trick!

      ……….and by a deft slight of hand that all should change soon, to a handsome salary to avoid that unseemly scramble at the signing on book!

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  22. 40
    Surely Some Mistake says:

    FFS, Dildo Harding, at customer level, Talk Talk are shite!

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  23. 42
    Nigel says:

    What about us?

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  24. 45
    Peter Ellis says:

    Karren Brady – Services to the porn industry surely ?

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  25. 47
    nell. says:

    When new Lords are appointed , the same number of old one’s should be ousted . Anyone tainted by scandal should be first out – that would uddin of course.

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    • 58
      Bent Rod says:

      …….now now, please my dear boy, we look after our own, no one has to go, ever! Our (not so) little group of old lags have lovely and convivial meetings over tea and cake, reminiscing over past times, spent in the finest open prisons the country has to offer! and how they slip back onto the old red benches, so warm and welcoming!

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    • 73
      Lard Everard - Giant Cockroach says:

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    NO SEATS NIGEL says:

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  27. 52

    Government of the Establishment, by the Establishment, for the Establishment.

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  28. 55
    Baroness Warsi says:

    UK trade deficit widens unexpectedly in June to £9.4bn, up from May’s £9.2bn, and above the forecast of £8.8bn, according to the ONS

    I blame the rants of George Galloway for this.

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    Channel4 Kangaroo Court says:

    Meanwhile back to the poor Hamas rocket launchers in Gaza…..

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    • 67

      As long as it’s not J*ws doing the killing, we can’t really get very excited about this. It’s all somebody else’s fault.

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      • 99
        BBC Wishful Thinking says:

        Dumbest question of the day award goes to Mishal Hussein on the Today prog:

        (discussing Hamas launching 18 rockets at Israel within minutes of ceasefire deadline )

        “Can we be sure that it is Hamas launching the rockets”?

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    • 79
      Multicultural Trojan Horse says:

      It’s all hotting up, and I see George Galloway is doing the rounds and stirring up our colonial imports too. With all of the above as well as Putin/Ukraine and the economic warfare that debt ridden unemployed Europe can’t afford the future isn’t looking bright.
      We’re gonna have a caliphate across the middle east within 20 years and then all of Europe will be truly fucked.

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      • 107

        Why don’t the angry unwanted B’ritish M’uslims who care about this just go out there and join with their brothers against the really horrible !sraeli’s ?

        Seriously – L’uton etc. is b/s compared to downtown gaza where a name can be made for the wannabe grooming gang-master. Be a worthless p’edo in UK, or go for guns and glory with ISIS ? Simple choice really.

        In short: Are M’uslim’s that thick that they cannot get a direct hint ?

        If they are – they deserve to die in G’aza, and be imprisoned here.

        Vote UKIP :-D

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    • 102
      Winston says:

      We need……..SuperTony…..where is the middle-east peace envoy?

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      • 138
        Hear All See All says:

        For that matter it would be helpful to know what he has acheived since his appointment to the post.
        There must be something beneficial, but it is curious that he ,usually not averse to self promotion, doesn’t seem to have claimed any acheivements at all.

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  30. 63
    Peer Pressure says:

    House of Sardines

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  31. 77
    Lord Grey says:

    UKIP ???

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    • 85
      Laugh now as later on the smiles could be tears says:

      Political appointments, presents for promises received and favours done, nothing to do with helping the country, just about positions of the political parties friends at the trough, UKIP is new so will have to do a bit of pushing and shoving of the dross to get it’s troughing spot.

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  32. 78
    Neil Down says:

    At least Martin Callanan’s worth something. The rest of them seem like the usual sharp-elbowed, brown-nosed vermin one finds high up in politics.

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  33. 86

    There should be a limit on the number of peers.
    Perhaps UKIP should add it to their manifesto, I’m sure it would attract plenty of support.

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  34. 93
    Anonymous says:

    They really are doubling down with more of the same.
    “Arminka Helic ” Good grief!

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  35. 98
    Ebola Virus says:

    I could sweep across Africa and the Middle East over night if you want, I’m sure it would go some way to solving all your problems?

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  36. 114
    LITTLE ED DISHONEST DAVE and IRRELEVANT NICK says:

    “Elect me and i’ll reform the lords “

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  37. 116
    Vacancy at the White House says:

    Hussein Obama proves yet again he is not a fit and proper person to be President. Remember that saying, “The buck stops here”.

    Without the ability to take and stand by his decisions, he waves in the wind, looking always for others to shoulder the burden (and of course any blame).

    We all know people who are ok in, say, community advisers roles but that’s the pinnacle of their ability.

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  38. 117
    George Galloway says:

    Fatah Official Calls for Ethnic Cleansing of Israelis, J*ws

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/183854

    It started in Bradford comrades.

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    • 121
      David Ward says:

      That twerp Galloway hates Israel, Iraq about to rxperience genocde aat the hands of ISIS, and yet everyonr blames Israel for killing Gazans… This is the world we live in. The West is chasing its tail. ISIS closing in on Israel. ‘Bout time Israel finished Gaza once and for all before having to face north and east.

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  39. 123

    Division of opinion in the Federal la-la land to the east…

    But K’azakhstan has been concerned about P’utins justification for his activities U’kraine as they themselves have a large ethnic R’ussian population.

    Vote UKIP :-D

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  40. 129
    Maimed Codger says:

    So how many Scottish Peers will no longer sit in Parliament if Scotland is independent ?????

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  41. 132
    Andrew K says:

    Michael Cashman is a former Member of the European Parliament. He stood down at the 2014 European Elections and has been replaced by the charismatic Sion “iawn cont” Simon.

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  42. 134
    The Critic says:

    People’s peers every one………not. The carousel just keeps spinning. Blair’s reforms were a total disaster.

    What happened to Clegg’s reform plans? Have they been pushed down by his fine idea to introduce back door legalisation of drugs?

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  43. 140
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    In the trough, in the trough, in the tr ……….

    Noses,noses, noses…….

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  44. 141
    Porterhouse Blue says:

    Cllr Dr Julie Smith – elected Member of Newnham City Council;

    Not correct exactly – She serves on Cambridge City Council, one of the representatives of the Newnham Ward.

    Smith was in line (perhaps) to replace Howarth as the MP – but Huppert was chosen instead.

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  45. 143
    MB. says:

    Why do the Liberals get almost as many as the Conservatives? I thought it would be roughly related to number of MPs.

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  46. 145
    Anonymous says:

    Karen Brady. Why?

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  47. 146
    Tee says:

    It’s worth pointing out that Paul Scriven lost to Paul Blomfield MP in the 2010 election in the seat to replace Richard Caborn. He lost. Then lost his seat in the Council when the lib Dems were wiped out and now he’s been given a peerage.

    When you vote them out they still come back!

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  48. 148
    Gary Bloke says:

    Not the most inspiring of lists from the three old parties.

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  49. 164
    green shorts says:

    Chris Fox, member of Imperial College’s answer to the Bullingdon Club. The 22 Club

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  50. 176
    English Republican/Nationalist-Stick your unelected dross says:

    Fkin’ disgrace. I’m glad I can put my hand on my heart and truly say “not in my name sunshine”. Honestly. We don’t elect any Monarchs, we don’t elect the Lords, our Nation has been given-away to the EU without a vote, FPTP is medieval in unrepresentative of Public Opinion, England doesn’t have it’s own National Anthem and England doesn’t have it’s own Parliament. Am I proud to be English? YES, but not at the Fkin’ moment I’m not!

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  51. 177
    Doug says:

    What,no Yeo??

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  52. 178
    Anonymous says:

    Dido Harding

    John Penrose MP Weston super Mare has a wife with a similar name!

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  53. 179
    Anonymous says:

    “There are now over 850 peers in the House of Lords…”
    But fortuitously Dave has a cunning plan. One inspired by a recent conflagration. To save more public purse pay-outs of £2,000,000 a pop, he will in future replace any destroyed costal-promenades/entertainment venues from stock.

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  54. 181
    Cromwells Ghost says:

    100 years since ww1 still they keep on giving Donkeys rewards

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  55. 183
    Anonymous says:

    What was it about hard working people again Guido? Oh yes, that one, they work and serve their country and fellow citizens all in the name of the public good. Or as my mate Gideon would say, we are all in this together. Huh? But……. the we are strapped for cash and can’t donate to party coffers and the we prefer to work AND PAY TAXES- The suited and booted Lords are so far removed from reality. Never mind I will continue to work and serve my country and PAY TAXES

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