Cameron’s funder, turned pollster, turned critical biographer is off:
“Earlier this year Baroness D’Souza, the Lord Speaker, said that any Member of the House of Lords who can “no longer contribute meaningfully” should retire. She added that since the House has close to 800 members, “retirement at the right time should be seen as a condition of membership of the House of Lords – a duty as well as a right”.
I agree with the Speaker, and have concluded that my other activities do not permit me to devote the time that membership of the Lords properly requires.
Accordingly, I have today written to the Clerk of the Parliaments giving notice of my resignation from the House of Lords with immediate effect, pursuant to Section 1(1) of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014.
I will continue my involvement in politics through Lord Ashcroft Polls and my political publishing interests: Conservative Home, Biteback Publishing and Dods.”
Tories will be grateful, after busting a gut to get him in there…
Retired Lords keep their title and can use the facilities of the House should they wish to.
— Lord Ashcroft (@LordAshcroft) March 31, 2015
“Lord Ashcroft should be recognised for his contribution to public life and to the Conservative Party during his time in the Lords. We wish him all the best for the future.”