Soon-To-Be Lord Watson on Crony Honours

The Sunday Times scooped the news that Corbyn is nominating Bercow, Karie Murphy and Tom Watson – among others – for peerages. The revolution will begin after they’ve finished appointing unelected ermine-draped lords…

Back in 2016 Tom Watson led calls for Theresa May to block David Cameron’s resignation honours on the basis he was using the list to “repay political debts to his allies”, and in the process was undermining a system that should be used only to “reward exceptional public service”. If Watson accepts, it’ll be quite the self-assessment…

Watson complained to the World at One that giving Labour advisor Spencer Livermore a peerage was “rewarding failure” given his part in losing the election, ironic given Lord Watson will now be sitting next to Karie Murphy on the red benches. When Watson announced his resignation before the election, Guido was told he had agreed to go quietly in exchange for a peerage.

mdi-timer 20th January 2020 @ 10:12 am 20th Jan 2020 @ 10:12 am mdi-comment Comments
Queen’s Former Private Secretary to Introduce Darroch to Lords in Trump Snub

Sir Kim Darroch – who stood down as American Ambassador last year after his diplomatic cables describing the Trump administration as “inept and insecure” were revealed by Steven Edgington – is being introduced to the Lords today. Accepting the peerage in Theresa May’s resignation honours…

Eyebrows are being raised at one of his supporters (who introduces him to the Lords by walking behind the new peer) is none other than Lord Geidt – who, from 2007 to 2017, served as the Queen’s “most trusted” aide. Mumbling from Lords sources this is a deliberate political statement and a snub at Trump…

mdi-timer 16th January 2020 @ 10:55 am 16th Jan 2020 @ 10:55 am mdi-comment Comments
House of Lords Approve Surrender Bill

The House of Lords has approved Hilary Benn’s surrender bill. Now over to the Queen…

The Bill avoided all 102 amendments tabled to impede its passage, and passed its third reading without any objection, following Boris conceding that Brexiteer lords should back down.

mdi-timer 6th September 2019 @ 3:39 pm 6th Sep 2019 @ 3:39 pm mdi-comment Comments
Revealed: Lords Plan to Block Remainer Legislation

Guido can today reveal that pro-Government forces in the House of Lords have a comprehensive, coordinated plan to prevent Hilary Benn’s anti-No Deal ‘Surrender Bill’ from becoming law, in the likely event it is passed in the Commons this evening.

The Shadow Leader of the Lords yesterday proposed a Business Motion to change the conventions of the House of Lords preventing the bill being talked out and forcing it to be taken on Thursday and Friday. The motion includes the imposition of mechanisms such as time limits, alien to House of Lords’ convention. Pro-Government peers, however, have tabled 86 amendments to the Business Motion, each of which require two votes to be heard and dismissed…

The pro-Government plan will see the very motion intended to ease the passage of the Benn Bill become the roadblock to it being passed. Senior Lords sources inform Guido that the time it will take the upper chamber to hear and vote on each amendment, as its rules compel it to do, would take up continuous 24/7 sitting until Saturday. Only after then could the Remainers’ anti-No Deal Bill be put. The Tories are determined to not see the Prime Minister’s hands bound in these negotiations. They have a real chance of talking the bill out in the Lords before the earliest opportunity to prorogue Parliament presents itself on Monday morning…

UPDATE: 17 more amendments have come in now, taking the total up to 102. Each must be voted on twice. We’re looking at more than 100 hours of continuous debate…

mdi-timer 4th September 2019 @ 7:01 am 4th Sep 2019 @ 7:01 am mdi-comment Comments
Lords Regret Commons Nodding Through £1 Trillion Policy

The House of Lords has passed a motion of regret in the House of Commons simply nodding through a £1 trillion statutory instrument on Monday. The passage of the SI took less than 90 minutes without a single vote taking place. It only required minimal scrutiny and no impact assessment had to be prepared…

Peers today voted for a motion of regret that said the Government has “given little detail of how the emissions target will be met” and “made a substantial change in policy without the full and proper scrutiny that such a change deserves.” It beggars belief that this ludicrously costly policy was passed on a whim without any scrutiny whatsoever. This should not be how the world’s fifth largest economy conducts its affairs…

mdi-timer 27th June 2019 @ 3:36 pm 27th Jun 2019 @ 3:36 pm mdi-comment Comments
Shouty Crackers Lord Moat’s Mask Slips

Remainer rebel Douglas Hogg, asked in the Lords if his mission is to destroy Brexit, lets his mask slip and snaps that he is trying to stop us leaving the EU. The odd rant about the high court of parliament was rather grandiose too. Lord Moat insisted he is not a party hack:

Remainers really don’t help themselves…

mdi-timer 18th June 2018 @ 5:18 pm 18th Jun 2018 @ 5:18 pm mdi-comment Comments
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