House of Lords: 40 peers reported to authorities for alleged breaches of transparency
Forty peers have been reported to authorities for alleged violations of transparency rules, prompting further calls for reform of the second chamber.
It comes after dozens of House of Lords members are found to have failed to report details of the private companies they run despite their obligation to do so.
According to Open Democracy, more than 40 peers did not follow the rules that if a lord is a company director, they should give a general indication of the activities of the company where it is not obvious. her name.
They include Conservative peer Lord Bamford, owner of the JCB bulldozer company, Lord Brennan and Labor peer Lord Carter of Coles.
On Tuesday, a formal complaint was lodged with the Lords Standards Commissioner by former Lib Dem MP Tom Brake, listing 40 of 42 peers first identified as likely to flout transparency rules.
Mr Brake said the commissioner should quickly apply the code of conduct “to make sure everyone knows what kind of businesses their peers are engaged in and how this might influence their activities in Parliament”.
The Electoral Reform Society (ERS) has declared that the system is now “indefensible” and the revelations make our Parliament “the laughing stock of the democratic world”.
ERS chief Darren Hughes said: “We have long known about the lack of accountability and transparency that plagues the House of Lords, and the fact that so many peers have failed to follow even the top reporting rules. more lax raises serious questions about the extent and influence of outside interests in our second chamber.
“We need to end this private, publicly funded membership club and replace it with a fairly elected second chamber. A chamber where the public, not politicians, decide who makes our laws. “