Anorak News | On Harry Potter, Snape, Moonie Labour Lords And Cash For Amendments

On Harry Potter, Snape, Moonie Labour Lords And Cash For Amendments

by | 25th, January 2009

THE Sunday Times’s scoop that the former Energy Minister, Lord Truscott was offering to put down amendments to legislation in the House of Lords in return for money – something he denies – is taken up by the BBC.

Readers are treated to this gem:

One of the other peers named, Lord Moonie, a former defence minister, told the BBC that he had been suspicious of the people who had approached him.

Dickens opined that people have names that reflect their character or place in the world.

Here’s Lord Moonie in the House of Lords. Lord Moonie was once – get this – a defence minister. Says he:

“I am not aware of having offered to do anything for these people that was outside the rules.”

Over there is Lord Truscott proclaiming his innocent and saying that to “suggest I would offer to put down amendments for money is a lie”. Trust me.

Better yet:

The leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Royall, said she was “deeply concerned” by the allegations.

A Royall in the House of Lords?

Ones to watch:

Lord Adonis
Lord Alliance (LibDem nartch.)
Lord Black of Crossharbour (Boooo!)
Lord Bragg (TV star)
Lord Burns
Lord Crisp (Health)
Lord Dear
Baroness Gardner of Parkes
Lord Leitch
Lord May of Oxford (Crossbench)
Lord Plumb
Lord Quirk
Lord Razzall
Earl of Stair
Lord Tombs

As for the claims, the Sunday Times reports:

Labour peers are prepared to accept fees of up to £120,000 a year to amend laws in the House of Lords on behalf of business clients, a Sunday Times investigation has found.

A Lord Taylor also gets mention, and fans of Harry Potter will enjoy the introduction of Lord Snape, a former Labour whip.


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