What was it they did again? Oh yeah – sold legislative amendments for personal gain, the Lords Privileges Committee has found. The thieving corrupt bastards. 6 month suspension? So what. Piano wire & gibbets.
Lord Taylor of Blackburn and Lord Truscott will be barred until the end of this session of Parliament – probably around six months – subject to a vote in the House next week.
Suspension will cost the peers access to tax-free allowances worth up to £335 a day.
The punishment would make them the first peers to be suspended since the time of Cromwell.
Suspension until the end of the session is the maximum penalty available to the committee and an indication of how seriously the misconduct is regarded.
Another Labour peer, Lord Snape, will be asked to apologise to the House. A fourth who was involved in the original allegations, Lord Moonie, has been cleared of wrongdoing.
Okay… so much for Blair & Broon’s House of Lords reforms.