Pete Wishart says House of Lords is ‘corrupt circus’
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Pete Wishart appeared in the House of Commons during an emergency debate on Conservative sleaze and MPs’ standard but turned his attack onto the Labour Party’s position on the House of Lords. The SNP politician roared at Labour and said it was “ridiculous” the party gave legitimacy to the House of Lords by “putting people in that place” as it represented the high point of class division. Mr Wishart also slammed Sir Keir Starmer’s position on the Lords during a rare opposition attack in the House of Commons as he demanded more was done to abolish the chamber.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Wishart revealed he has lodged a formal complaint to the Metropolitan Police to investigate the Tories over the donors being handed peerages.
The Sunday Times reported 22 of the Conservative Party’s main financial donors have been offered seats in the House of Lords since 2010.
In total, around £54million has been donated to the party between them in what is being dubbed as a “cash for peerages” scandal.
But Mr Wishart turned his gaze onto Labour, attacking them for not doing enough to remove the House of Lords during a furious rant.
He told the Commons: “And I’ll say ever so gently to my friends in the Labour Party, stop putting people in that place!
“Stop giving it the legitimacy and credibility… we don’t need a Gordon Brown commission we just need you as an opposition party to say that you will abolish it.
“It is a circus, it is a corrupt circus and it is the high point of deference and the class system.
“And to think that a Labour Party would defend that place and put people there is beyond ridiculous.
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“Grow up, help us get rid of that appaling circus down the corridor.”
Sir Keir set out his “10 pledges” to voters which include a selection of promises he will do if he is elected.
At number eight, the pledge reads: “Push power, wealth and opportunity away from Whitehall.
“A federal system to devolve powers – including through regional investment banks and control over regional industrial strategy.
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“Abolish the House of Lords – replace it with an elected chamber of regions and nations.”
But during his appearance on the Andrew Marr Show, Sir Keir refused to fully commit to abolishing the House of Lords.
Instead, the Labour leader said the chamber needed to “change” and did not comment on whether he would get rid of it.
He explained former prime minister Gordon Brown is looking into the situation and will advise him on what to do.
MPs sat in the House of Commons on Monday during an emergency debate on MP standards following the Owen Paterson row.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was not in attendance as claimed he had a long-standing engagement at a hospital he needed to be at.
During the debate, Sir Keir made three demands of government.
He asked for the Government to work with Labour to ensure that Rob Roberts faces a recall petition.
Mr Roberts had the whip removed in August over unwanted sexual advances.
He also called for Mr Johnson to ensure that no MP found guilty of “egregious breaches” receives a peerage.
Finally, he calls for a commitment to a full investigation into contracts awarded to Randox, the firm Owen Paterson lobbied for, “without competition or tender”.
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