LABOUR disaster Neil Kinnock spoke of his delight at being offered a cushy life peerage last night.
Mr Kinnock will join his fellow outgoing EU commissioner, former Tory Cabinet minister Chris Patten, in the house of Lords, the government announced.
The failed Labour leader and ex-governor of Hong Kong will take the seats on their latest gravy train once the new European commission is in place.
Under new rules, the pair are being replaced by a single British commissioner, ultra-Blairite former Cabinet minister Peter Mandelson.
Mr Kinnock, who stood down as Labour leader in 1992 after the party's disastrous election defeat, said in a statement: "I accepted the kind invitation to enter the House of Lords as a working peer for practical political reasons.
"It is a good base for campaigning on national issues like education, sustainable transport, industrial change and the ageing society and global concerns, particularly poverty and oppression," he claimed.
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