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

Wednesday’s political round-up

Theresa May's visit to Germany in July 2016.

Theresa May’s visit to Germany in July 2016.

UKIP leader Diane James to stand down; Farage back in

UKIP leader Diane James has announced her resignation as leader of the UKIP party after only 18 days in charge. She was elected as leader of the party after Nigel Farage stepped down in the wake of the vote for the UK to leave the EU.

Ex-leader Nigel Farage has announced that he will step back into the UKIP party as leader for his third stint to replace Diane James.

Mrs James is the latest politician in a long line of pro-Brexit politicians to step down after the British public voted to leave the EU back in June. There has been mixed reports from the party, with some citing her husband’s ill health as the reason for her standing down and others saying she was reluctant to be leader from the start.

In an official comment, she stated: “It has become clear I do not have sufficient authority, nor the full support of all my MEP colleagues and party officers to implement changes I believe necessary and upon which I based my campaign.”

Her resignation has sparked speculation that the prominent anti-EU campaigner and former UKIP leader Nigel Farage could be about to get back into politics.

Final day of the Tories party conference

Prime Minister Theresa May will close the Conservative Party conference later today and will call for a “new approach” to politics. The PM will give a speech to the conference in which she will promise to help “ordinary working class people”.

It is clear that May will attempt to gain support from disenfranchised Labour voters by bringing the party to a middle ground.

“I want to set our party and our country on the path towards the new centre ground of British politics, built on the values of fairness and opportunity,” is what she is expected to say according to released excerpts.

She will speak straight after Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who will claim that the SNP “does not speak for Scotland” and that Scotland does not want another independence referendum. Davidson will also encourage young women in the UK to see the PM as an example that “gender is no barrier to advancement” in Britain.

The Vice-Presidential debate continues

The Vice-Presidential candidates in the US engaged in a heated debate last night at Longwood University, Virginia. Democratic Senator Tim Kaine and Republican Governor Mike Pence argued on a series of topics including foreign affairs and health services.

The harshest blows, however, were kept for the presidential candidates themselves. Donald Trump was compared to a “fool or a maniac” while Hillary Clinton was described as “weak and feckless”. Kaine criticised Trump’s praise for Putin in one of the more heated moments stating, “If you don’t know the difference between dictatorship and leadership, then you’ve got to go back to a fifth-grade civics class”.

This exchange was the preview for a second presidential debate on Sunday in Missouri as Trump looks to bounce back from a ropey performance in the first debate.

EN4 News: Exclusive Interview With Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson

 

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Ruth Davidson talks to Cameron Ward about how she got into politics and her expectations ahead of the Scottish elections. Oh, and she says she’s not after David Cameron’s job.

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