North-west Euro MP calls for new peers

Blackburn Citizen: Paul Nuttall Paul Nuttall

NORTH-WEST Euro-MP Paul Nuttall has stepped up UKIP’s demand for new peers in the House of Lords.

The party’s deputy leader said: “It is only right that we should have a fair quota following our outstanding performance in the recent European elections.”

The party has three representatives in Westminster’s Upper House all defectors from the Conservatives.

It has previously asked Prime Minister David Cameron for greater numbers.

Mr Nuttall said: “The coalition government was committed to giving UKIP a bigger presence in the Lords but ministers have made clear they had no intention of doing so. That is clearly wrong and unfair, “We topped the polls in the European elections with 27.5 per cent of the vote, which makes our case even stronger.

“There have been 160 peers created since May 2010 and the Green Party was granted a seat in the Lords last year. Despite it being government policy we should have more seats, they have not delivered that commitment.”

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5:49pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Bill Chapman says...

UKIP alredy has three members of the House of Lords, and that is three too many in my view. They have no MPs. If they get one or two MPs in the General Election next year (which I doubt), then the matter can be looked at again.
UKIP alredy has three members of the House of Lords, and that is three too many in my view. They have no MPs. If they get one or two MPs in the General Election next year (which I doubt), then the matter can be looked at again. Bill Chapman
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