Edinburgh MP brands Ruth Davidson’s House of Lords nomination “ridiculous”

Former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson’s nomination for a House of Lords peerage has been described as “ridiculous” by an SNP MP.

Tommy Shepard, the MP for Edinburgh West, told EN4 News he believes the House should be abolished.

“It’s ridiculous that people sit in a position of power over others without being accountable and elected,” Shepard told EN4 News.

“It is outrageous that in this country that says it’s a democracy, a majority of the members of [one of our] parliaments are not elected by anyone.”

It was announced on Thursday that Davidson, MSP for Edinburgh Central, had been nominated Prime Minister Boris Johnson alongside former chancellors Ken Clarke and Philip Hammond.

Her constituents have responded in a more mixed manner to the nomination.

Tricia Marwick tweets about Ruth Davidson’s nomination to House of Lords

 

Willie, speaking to EN4 News, said he supports the appointment despite not personally voting Conservative.

“She is not my party but I think she’s an excellent politician,” he said.

“She is a good asset for the House of Lords.”

Others were not so pleased.

“It is just payment for what she did over the last 5-10 years in Scotland,” Lynsey said.

“I’m a supporter of Scottish Independence and Ruth Davidson was instrumental in trying to fork that and her reward has been a seat in the House of Lords. It is absolutely a front to democracy.”

The former Conservative Leader is set to stand down as an MSP next year at Holyrood’s 2021 election but becoming a peer could mean an earlier departure.

EN4 News took to the Edinburgh streets to canvas opinion

Lord Ahmed charged with attempted rape of young girl

Lord Ahmed official portrait (Credit: Creative Commons)

A member of the House of Lords has been charged with attempted rape of a young girl. 

Lord Nazir Ahmed, a 61-year-old former Labour Peer, has been named by prosecutors along with two other men in relation to allegations dating to the 1970s’.

The charges include attempted rape of a girl and indecent assault involving a 13-year-old boy.

Ahmed would have been aged 14-17 at the time when the alleged crimes took place.

Ahmed and the two other men are due to appear in Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on 19 March.

Originally from Pakistan, Ahmed moved to Rotherham along with his family in 1969. He joined the Labour party aged 18 and went on to be elected a councillor before being made a Lord by Tony Blair.

Ahmed was suspended by the Labour party in 2013 under accusations of antisemitism after he claimed a Jewish conspiracy was responsible for a prison sentence he received after being found guilty of dangerous driving resulting in the death of a man in 2007.

 

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