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posted by Morning Star in Britain

Cameron’s appointees each claim £27k a year

PEERS appointed to the House of Lords for life by David Cameron have already cost the taxpayer over £13 million — while his resignation honours list will add nearly half a million a year to that.

New research by the Electoral Reform Society showed that the ex-PM’s appointees claim an average £27,768 a year each in expenses and allowances.

That amounted to over £3m in 2015 alone and the widely condemned distribution of gongs to flunkies, Remain campaign flops and Tory donors put forward last week will add an estimated £444,288 to that.

Members of Britain’s unelected upper house are not paid a salary, but can claim £300 a day in expenses just for turning up.
Over £100,000 was claimed in the last parliamentary session by peers who didn’t even vote on anything.

Electoral Reform Society head of campaigns Will Brett said Mr Cameron had “left the taxpayer with a huge bill for many years to come.

“Of course, while we can predict the financial cost of these latest appointments, the huge democratic cost of enlarging an already bloated chamber is harder to measure.”

There are currently 797 unelected peers sitting in Parliament — outnumbering Britain’s 650 MPs.

Far from bringing a broader perspective to bear on lawmaking, more than a third previously worked in politics and just 1 per cent come from manual backgrounds.

“In a modern democracy, the only fair way to appoint lawmakers is to elect them,” Mr Brett said, advising new Prime Minister Theresa May to “grasp the nettle” and introduce an elected upper house.

But Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths said the Lords should be “abolished altogether.

“Clearly creating new peerages is throwing money down the drain but the price paid by our democracy is greater.

“The latest scandal underlines the need to scrap the upper house as part of more fundamental constitutional reform, including a fully federal system with an English legislature and regional devolution in England where popular demand exists.”