Jobs for the boys and girls

8 August 2014

Mr S can’t help but notice that there is no Ukip peer among the list of the newly ennobled. This is surprising. Nigel Farage has survived attacks, smears and a helicopter crash. Surely ermine is the only way to stop him?

Back in the heady days of 2010, the coalition pledged to introduce a principle whereby peers were appointed according to vote share. One can only assume that they reached this agreement in expectation of receiving more votes.

Needless to say, there are plenty of jobs for the boys and girls. Party stooges Andrew Cooper, Arminka Helic and Chris Lennie will sit in the Upper House, together with a gaggle of Liberal Democrat councillors. And, of course, there are several donors among the list. The mother of parliaments, eh? It’s absurd.

Here is the list of party appointments


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

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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; 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

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  • Jingleballix

    Does Paolo Peschisolido now become Lord Brady??

  • Roger Hudson

    Can Cameron take Warsi’s back and give it to someone better?

  • Radford_NG

    A few facts.

    Martin Callanan;ex MEP for NE England:defeated by Jonathan Arnott,UKIP.The first European Group Leader ever to lose his seat.The one good thing about him;he was opposed to Gormley’s Angel of the North.

    Michael Cashman,CBE;resigned as MEP.While he was in the job he employed his civil partner in the £30,000p.a. post as his personal assistant.He was a founder of Stonewall.Previously he acted in`East Enders`.(Isn’t that set in Tower Hamlets?)He was the first man to engage in a `gay`kiss in a soap opera.

    • Roger Hudson

      It’s set in ‘ackney actually.

  • Seldom Seen

    As useless a bunch of time-serving placemen and women, mountebanks, cads, sneaks, sycophants, oiks and bullies as I ever seen. None of them deserve even so much as the price of a cup of tea for all the good they’ve ever done in the wider community. God help them when the revolution comes …

  • The Masked Marvel

    Why would they elevate a UKIPper? Did sombody cough up some cash or do Dave a political favour recently and we’ve missed it?

    • Michele Keighley

      It’s something that Dave promised in the negotiation with the LibDems – a HoL that reflected the wider community by appoint members based on the percentage of votes received -[ which incidentally ties the Lords to the party system, it was much more a house of ‘experts’ prior to Blair’s tinkering].

      Given that the UKIP topped the vote in the recent elections and their growing importance at Local Government level, it was expected that they would have had at least one peer in the House.

      Cameron should be applauded – he is becoming the major recruitment officer for the UKIP 😉

      • The Masked Marvel

        I see. Well, it was only to appease them, and he never meant anything other than making LibDem peers, so it’s not really a broken promise, eh? It would be hilarious to see the BBC go after Cameron on this one. I’d love to hear one of the Today darlings demanding he make a new UKIP peer.

  • Wessex Man

    I’ve been lobbying within Ukip to do away with this now talking shop, although Clegg and Cameron deny it most of our laws are made in the EU and the powers of the Lords as a recall tool are long gone after Blair’s tnkering.

    The only place that has more members than the Lords is the Chinese ‘Parliament’ it really is time to do away with it, think of all the money saved. I have been to the Lords in debate called by a Tory Lord about an English Parliament at least ten years ago. I was startled to be breaking for Lunch two hours after startling and drinking House of Lords Wine and Champagne with only the finest food, restarting and stopping twice to fill up before the end of the day. That’s on top of their attendance allowances and other ‘costs’.

    • Aberrant_Apostrophe

      Perhaps, rather than receiving £300/day expenses courtesy of the hard-pressed taxpayer, they should pay £300/day to be a member of this alleged ‘exclusive’ member’s club. It looks like most of them can afford it.

  • Smithersjones2013

    Andrew Cooper – former Director of Political Operations to the Conservative Party; founder and Board Director of Populus

    You can’t even trust pollsters anymore (and Yougov’s conflicts of interest are far worse!)

    No surprise that Cameron has stuffed the upper house full of establishment nodding dogs. Scrap the whole rotting edifice and give us an English Parliament to keep the Westminster freaks in check!

    PS Funny how this sordid little episode didn’t make the main list of CH now isn’t it?

  • Airey Belvoir

    The usual depressing list of bubble-dwellers and cronies, with a slight whiff of corruption hanging over all. Ms Brady has made a long climb from pornographer’s assistant to Peer of the Realm – Lady Muck, indeed.

  • Chingford Man

    Cast Iron Dave really is the gift that keeps on giving. It underlines UKIP’s credentials as outsiders fighting a corrupt system but still allows UKIP to denounce Cameron for freezing the party out. Win on both counts.

  • Archibald Heatherington

    I say bring back the hereditary peers!

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  • Archibald Heatherington

    Why on earth would anybody want the House of Lords to be democratic in the first place?! That’s not the point!

  • fundamentallyflawed

    Nothing makes the case for a full democratic overhaul like evidence of democracy in action

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