Boris Johnson Anti-Corruption Czar Says Peers Should Not Be Awarded for Nepotism | Politics | New
In early November 2021, an investigation by the Sunday Times and Open Democracy found that the Conservative Party had offered seats in the House of Lords to a select group of multi-millionaire donors who have donated more than £ 3million to the party over the years. last twenty years. . They came across several references and realized that wealthy benefactors seemed to be assured of a peerage if they took on the temporary role of party treasurer and increased their own donations beyond £ 3million.
Now, the Prime Minister’s own anti-corruption champion has shared some ideas on his upcoming white paper suggesting a whole new system that would be based on points and achievements rather than close ties to political leaders.
John Penrone, who has served as an MP for Weston-super-Mare since 2005, was named the cabinet’s anti-corruption champion in 2017.
He will present Poverty Trapped, a far-reaching political document, next week.
Mr Penrone has called the current system “dark and old-fashioned” and wants to replace it with an annual “British talent list” and a points-based honor system.
The member would like to see peerages awarded on “talent, ability and hard work” rather than “who you knew, where you went to school or how much you gave to a political party”.
John Penrone said in a statement: “The new system would not include points for donations to a political party, so it would be clear that anyone receiving an honor had earned it for something else, and their donations would not have been awarded. couldn’t make a difference. “
He added: “The best teachers, for example, could be those who have successfully run Britain’s largest or most improved schools for the longest time.
“The most influential businessmen may be those who have led the largest or fastest growing companies for many years, or the entrepreneurs who have created the most wealth from scratch.
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“And anyone who thought someone deserved an honor would be able to determine what they would get if they applied.
“The effect on British ambition and aspiration would be electric.
“The previously closed doors of a comfortably privileged club would be wide open.”