Kate Hoey: My peerage is for every single ex-Labour Brexiteer

Monday, August 3, 2020

Former Labour MP Kate Hoey has dedicated her appointment to the House of Lords to Brexit-supporting ex-Labour voters.

The ex-MP for Vauxhall, who stood down from the House of Commons ahead of the 2019 general election, was among Boris Johnson’s 36 latest nominations to the upper chamber.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Mike Graham, Ms Hoey said: “I see it very much as for every single ex-Labour voter in the north of England and those red areas who kept going solidly for Leave despite being ostracised and told they were terrible and the Labour Party having a go at them.

“I see my honour as almost on their behalf and I hope to be able to continue to fly the flag.”

The Prime Minister was accused of “the worst kind of cronyism” after putting forward his brother Jo Johnson, several Conservative grandees and his chief strategic adviser for peerages.

Ms Hoey, a staunch Brexiteer, said Downing Street’s appointment of numerous Brexit-backers was likely an attempt to “bring in a little bit more balance”.

She claimed the unelected chamber was already home to “a substantial number of very, very ardent, pro-EU Lords and Ladies”.

Meanwhile, the Lord Speaker has urged the Prime Minister to stop creating “mass” peerages and labelled the size of the upper chamber “ridiculous”.

According to reports, 88 peers – one in nine – have not spoken, held a government post or participated in a committee, while 46 have never recorded a vote.

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