Lobbyists, Bankers, Donors Awarded Peerages

Sir Anthony Bamford, the JCB boss who has given over £2.5 million to the Tories and who had a report commissioned by Downing Street, is made a Lord. Wam Bam thank you Cam.

The LibDems have a considerably disproportionate number of new peers given the size of the party, which is odd given their position on Lords reform. They give a peerage to former Clegg adviser and lobbyist Olly Grender, while Rumi Verjee, the Dominos pizza owner whose huge donations to the LibDems have caused controversy, is made a Lord. They also have James Palumbo, chairman of the Ministry of Sound, which is another big LibDem financial backer. And loser Brian Paddick…

For Labour, Lord William Haughey has given the Labour Party £1,321,626. Then there is Charles Allen, senior adviser to Goldman Sachs who is chairman of the Labour executive board. Wonder what party members think of Miliband fixing it for his Goldman pal…

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Quote of the Day

Dominic Raab wrote in his letter of resignation…

“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”


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