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Daily Mail boss among 25 new Lords to be created by Truss – as Tories oppose adding new Senedd Members

06 Oct 2022 2 minute read
Paul Dacre giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry

Daily Mail boss Paul Dacre is among 25 new Lords set to be created by Prime Minister Liz Truss – as the Conservative Party opposes adding new members to the Senedd.

The 25 new Lords are in addition to Boris Johnson’s list of resignation honours which is due to be published in weeks.

They will be added to the swelling ranks of the House of Lords which already has 755 sitting members.

Meanwhile, plans by the Welsh Government co-operation agreement with Plaid Cymru to add 36 new members to the Senedd – bringing the total to 96 – are opposed by the Conservative Party.

The full list of political peerages that is on the brink of being announced by Downing Street was revealed by the Telegraph tonight.

Among those on the list are Arlene Foster, the former First Minister of Northern Ireland, who will sit as a cross-bencher.

There are also 15 new Conservative peers, eight new Labour peers and one DUP. Labour’s peerages, proposed by the party leader Sir Keir Starmer, include the party’s former deputy leader Tom Watson.

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has repeatedly criticised the idea of more Senedd Members, saying last Saturday: “Putting 36 more Senedd Members in Cardiff Bay would cost us £100 million in the first five years alone. Let’s fund our NHS instead.”

First Minister Mark Drakeford has already accused the Conservatives of complaining about expansion of the Senedd on one hand while increasing the number of peers in the House of Lords on the other.

Earlier this year he asked: “Every nine months, the Prime Minister appoints more people to the House of Lords than we propose adding to the membership of the Senedd—every nine months. Where’s the referendum on that, I wonder?”


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Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago

The icing on the turd. HEDDWCH.

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
1 month ago

So, unelected Muppets are okay, but democratically elected politicians aren’t 🙄 Right 😒

Frank
Frank
1 month ago
Reply to  Owain Morgan

We are the muppets for putting up with it without protest. The rich take care of each other.

George Thomas
George Thomas
1 month ago

Expanding the Senedd is necessary.

House of Lords and specifically the abuse of party leaders in expanding it with cronies? It’s pretty disgusting.

Geraint
Geraint
1 month ago
Reply to  George Thomas

With just 60 members the Senedd is significantly under powered. To-date Labour has had been 26 and 30 members. With two major opposition parties those in the official opposition party have never been able to muster more than 17 members. To have an effective opposition that can really hold the government to account you need members who have knowledge and skills and a depth that can not be provided with such a small pool to pick from. An effective opposition would really be able to provide the scrutiny that ensures that poor legislation is clearly identified and weak legislation that… Read more »

The original mark
The original mark
1 month ago

The house of Lords should be abolished, and replaced with a smaller elected body,

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

A plague of rats infest the house of lords

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago

Just the normal Tory idea of democracy, for them democracy is a one way street, ok if it benefits them, but not for others, also known as hypocrisy.

Frank
Frank
1 month ago

Another 25 lords to sleep on the job at £325 per day each.

Windy
Windy
1 month ago

I think I’ll have to wait a long time to hear arsxxxxx Davies condemn the addition of more cronies to the mouth of lords agains the wishes of his Tory puppet masters

David Smith
David Smith
1 month ago

“This hand washes that hand…”.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

The Devil’s right hand…

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

We have Andrew RT Davies and the little England. Party arguing more Senedd members is a costly waste of Welsh taxpayers money while their London masters pack the House of Lords with expensive Conservative stooges. You couldn’t make it up. 🙄

Last edited 1 month ago by Y Cymro

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