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Ukip in fresh demand for more peers

This Is Local London: Ukip wants more seats in the Lords Ukip wants more seats in the Lords

Ukip has issued a fresh demand for more peers as Nigel Farage's party seeks a stronger foothold in Parliament.

Former Ukip leader Lord Pearson of Rannoch has written to the Cabinet Office to ask for more members of the party to join him on the House of Lords' red benches.

He said it was "transparently dishonest" for the party not to have a greater representation in the upper chamber than the three current members, who all defected from the Tories.

The party believes it is entitled to 23 more peers under the Government's ambition of making the composition of the Lords better reflect the share of the vote gained by parties in the last general election in 2010.

In a letter to Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, seen by the BBC, Lord Pearson said the Government's failure to appoint Ukip members represented the "sort of behaviour which makes the political class so increasingly unpopular with real people".

He said the case for more peers was "even stronger that it was before" following Ukip's success in the European elections, which saw the party top the polls with 27.5% of the vote.

Lord Pearson told BBC Radio 4's Today: "Our democracy requires that we have more than three peers in the House of Lords when we're getting 27% of the vote in the latest national election. I mean it is transparently dishonest.

"It is dishonest for over a period of four years to go on saying we're going to do this and then making it perfectly clear that we've no intention of it."

The coalition agreement, setting out the basis for Ukip's claim, states that "L ords appointments will be made with the objective of creating a second chamber that is reflective of the share of the vote secured by the political parties in the last general election".

The letter is the latest attempt by Lord Pearson to persuade ministers of the need for action.

In March last year Lord Pearson wrote to Mr Cameron suggesting ''half a dozen'' extra peers as a compromise and then in a handwritten addition pleaded for ''some, anyway?''.

A reply signed by a Downing Street correspondence officer told him the letter was ''under consideration''.

Following May 2013's local elections, Lord Pearson wrote again and in a handwritten amendment added ''they would support the Government, most of the time'' - although he told Today that would no longer apply.

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12:24pm Sat 7 Jun 14

s6blr says...

NO NO NO.....

They want MORE BEERS !!!
NO NO NO..... They want MORE BEERS !!! s6blr
  • Score: 6

12:26pm Sat 7 Jun 14

jezercalne says...

UKIP likes to grab the headlines, but I would have thought their failure in Newark would send the message that their racist policies will not cut it in a national election.
UKIP likes to grab the headlines, but I would have thought their failure in Newark would send the message that their racist policies will not cut it in a national election. jezercalne
  • Score: 5

12:50pm Sat 7 Jun 14

mistamina says...

jezercalne wrote:
UKIP likes to grab the headlines, but I would have thought their failure in Newark would send the message that their racist policies will not cut it in a national election.
And they got a bloody nose in London!

More beer and more expenses in Brussels!!!!
[quote][p][bold]jezercalne[/bold] wrote: UKIP likes to grab the headlines, but I would have thought their failure in Newark would send the message that their racist policies will not cut it in a national election.[/p][/quote]And they got a bloody nose in London! More beer and more expenses in Brussels!!!! mistamina
  • Score: 3

2:16pm Sat 7 Jun 14

welshmen says...

jezercalne wrote:
UKIP likes to grab the headlines, but I would have thought their failure in Newark would send the message that their racist policies will not cut it in a national election.
What racist polices, your full of **** just like the party you voted for numpty, anything to try and make UKIP worse than the Labour killers of your party, failure in Newark,not, 2010 election UKIP 1954----2014UKIP 10,028---Labour under 7000,----Libdems lose their deposit, Newark was a safe Conservative seat get your facts right before you post crap, racist to want this Country for the British is it immigrant, go back to your own sh-thole, your not wanted in this country....
[quote][p][bold]jezercalne[/bold] wrote: UKIP likes to grab the headlines, but I would have thought their failure in Newark would send the message that their racist policies will not cut it in a national election.[/p][/quote]What racist polices, your full of **** just like the party you voted for numpty, anything to try and make UKIP worse than the Labour killers of your party, failure in Newark,not, 2010 election UKIP 1954----2014UKIP 10,028---Labour under 7000,----Libdems lose their deposit, Newark was a safe Conservative seat get your facts right before you post crap, racist to want this Country for the British is it immigrant, go back to your own sh-thole, your not wanted in this country.... welshmen
  • Score: 0

4:25pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"Ukip in fresh demand for more peers"

Hmm...don't think their bosses in the Kremlin will find that request ideologically sound.
"Ukip in fresh demand for more peers" Hmm...don't think their bosses in the Kremlin will find that request ideologically sound. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 0

4:53pm Sat 7 Jun 14

cosmick says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
"Ukip in fresh demand for more peers"

Hmm...don't think their bosses in the Kremlin will find that request ideologically sound.
NUTTER !
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: "Ukip in fresh demand for more peers" Hmm...don't think their bosses in the Kremlin will find that request ideologically sound.[/p][/quote]NUTTER ! cosmick
  • Score: 0

4:53pm Sat 7 Jun 14

cosmick says...

jezercalne wrote:
UKIP likes to grab the headlines, but I would have thought their failure in Newark would send the message that their racist policies will not cut it in a national election.
NUTTER!
[quote][p][bold]jezercalne[/bold] wrote: UKIP likes to grab the headlines, but I would have thought their failure in Newark would send the message that their racist policies will not cut it in a national election.[/p][/quote]NUTTER! cosmick
  • Score: 0

4:54pm Sat 7 Jun 14

cosmick says...

mistamina wrote:
jezercalne wrote:
UKIP likes to grab the headlines, but I would have thought their failure in Newark would send the message that their racist policies will not cut it in a national election.
And they got a bloody nose in London!

More beer and more expenses in Brussels!!!!
NUTTER!
[quote][p][bold]mistamina[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jezercalne[/bold] wrote: UKIP likes to grab the headlines, but I would have thought their failure in Newark would send the message that their racist policies will not cut it in a national election.[/p][/quote]And they got a bloody nose in London! More beer and more expenses in Brussels!!!![/p][/quote]NUTTER! cosmick
  • Score: 0

4:56pm Sat 7 Jun 14

cosmick says...

welshmen wrote:
jezercalne wrote:
UKIP likes to grab the headlines, but I would have thought their failure in Newark would send the message that their racist policies will not cut it in a national election.
What racist polices, your full of **** just like the party you voted for numpty, anything to try and make UKIP worse than the Labour killers of your party, failure in Newark,not, 2010 election UKIP 1954----2014UKIP 10,028---Labour under 7000,----Libdems lose their deposit, Newark was a safe Conservative seat get your facts right before you post crap, racist to want this Country for the British is it immigrant, go back to your own sh-thole, your not wanted in this country....
Well done Welshmen, they have there brains up the oops.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jezercalne[/bold] wrote: UKIP likes to grab the headlines, but I would have thought their failure in Newark would send the message that their racist policies will not cut it in a national election.[/p][/quote]What racist polices, your full of **** just like the party you voted for numpty, anything to try and make UKIP worse than the Labour killers of your party, failure in Newark,not, 2010 election UKIP 1954----2014UKIP 10,028---Labour under 7000,----Libdems lose their deposit, Newark was a safe Conservative seat get your facts right before you post crap, racist to want this Country for the British is it immigrant, go back to your own sh-thole, your not wanted in this country....[/p][/quote]Well done Welshmen, they have there brains up the oops. cosmick
  • Score: 0

8:11pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Bill Chapman says...

Here's a far more interesting story for those interested in UKIP. It contains revelations about a new UKIP Member of the European Parliament:

http://jacothenorth.
net/blog/nathan-gill
-it-just-gets-worse/
Here's a far more interesting story for those interested in UKIP. It contains revelations about a new UKIP Member of the European Parliament: http://jacothenorth. net/blog/nathan-gill -it-just-gets-worse/ Bill Chapman
  • Score: 1

8:11pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Bill Chapman says...

Here's a far more interesting story for those interested in UKIP. It contains revelations about a new UKIP Member of the European Parliament:

http://jacothenorth.
net/blog/nathan-gill
-it-just-gets-worse/
Here's a far more interesting story for those interested in UKIP. It contains revelations about a new UKIP Member of the European Parliament: http://jacothenorth. net/blog/nathan-gill -it-just-gets-worse/ Bill Chapman
  • Score: 1

10:27pm Sat 7 Jun 14

MSG says...

jezercalne wrote:
UKIP likes to grab the headlines, but I would have thought their failure in Newark would send the message that their racist policies will not cut it in a national election.
UKIP vote stayed constant at 26% and they easily beat Labour & the defunct Lib Dems. Also, Farage will rip Miliband to bits in the TV debates, Roll on next years general election its all to play for !

Labour must be very worried about Scots independence as they loose 41 MP's at Westminster meaning a UKIP/Tory/Ulster Unionist government of the remaining UK. Lots to look forward to !
[quote][p][bold]jezercalne[/bold] wrote: UKIP likes to grab the headlines, but I would have thought their failure in Newark would send the message that their racist policies will not cut it in a national election.[/p][/quote]UKIP vote stayed constant at 26% and they easily beat Labour & the defunct Lib Dems. Also, Farage will rip Miliband to bits in the TV debates, Roll on next years general election its all to play for ! Labour must be very worried about Scots independence as they loose 41 MP's at Westminster meaning a UKIP/Tory/Ulster Unionist government of the remaining UK. Lots to look forward to ! MSG
  • Score: -1

9:39am Sun 8 Jun 14

mistamina says...

MSG wrote:
jezercalne wrote:
UKIP likes to grab the headlines, but I would have thought their failure in Newark would send the message that their racist policies will not cut it in a national election.
UKIP vote stayed constant at 26% and they easily beat Labour & the defunct Lib Dems. Also, Farage will rip Miliband to bits in the TV debates, Roll on next years general election its all to play for !

Labour must be very worried about Scots independence as they loose 41 MP's at Westminster meaning a UKIP/Tory/Ulster Unionist government of the remaining UK. Lots to look forward to !
'' its all to play for ! ''
Says it all about any and everything to do with UKIP. ~~Its a Game!

PS. Nige has gone very quite! His neighbors keeping him up?
[quote][p][bold]MSG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jezercalne[/bold] wrote: UKIP likes to grab the headlines, but I would have thought their failure in Newark would send the message that their racist policies will not cut it in a national election.[/p][/quote]UKIP vote stayed constant at 26% and they easily beat Labour & the defunct Lib Dems. Also, Farage will rip Miliband to bits in the TV debates, Roll on next years general election its all to play for ! Labour must be very worried about Scots independence as they loose 41 MP's at Westminster meaning a UKIP/Tory/Ulster Unionist government of the remaining UK. Lots to look forward to ![/p][/quote]'' its all to play for ! '' Says it all about any and everything to do with UKIP. ~~Its a Game! PS. Nige has gone very quite! His neighbors keeping him up? mistamina
  • Score: -1

9:41am Sun 8 Jun 14

mistamina says...

welshmen wrote:
jezercalne wrote:
UKIP likes to grab the headlines, but I would have thought their failure in Newark would send the message that their racist policies will not cut it in a national election.
What racist polices, your full of **** just like the party you voted for numpty, anything to try and make UKIP worse than the Labour killers of your party, failure in Newark,not, 2010 election UKIP 1954----2014UKIP 10,028---Labour under 7000,----Libdems lose their deposit, Newark was a safe Conservative seat get your facts right before you post crap, racist to want this Country for the British is it immigrant, go back to your own sh-thole, your not wanted in this country....
Mature welshmen. Your debating skills will come in handy in the House of Lords.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jezercalne[/bold] wrote: UKIP likes to grab the headlines, but I would have thought their failure in Newark would send the message that their racist policies will not cut it in a national election.[/p][/quote]What racist polices, your full of **** just like the party you voted for numpty, anything to try and make UKIP worse than the Labour killers of your party, failure in Newark,not, 2010 election UKIP 1954----2014UKIP 10,028---Labour under 7000,----Libdems lose their deposit, Newark was a safe Conservative seat get your facts right before you post crap, racist to want this Country for the British is it immigrant, go back to your own sh-thole, your not wanted in this country....[/p][/quote]Mature welshmen. Your debating skills will come in handy in the House of Lords. mistamina
  • Score: 0

9:48am Sun 8 Jun 14

mistamina says...

cosmick wrote:
Katie Re-Registered wrote:
"Ukip in fresh demand for more peers"

Hmm...don't think their bosses in the Kremlin will find that request ideologically sound.
NUTTER !
Now, now UKIP writers. Let us blog in a nice accountable manner.
This is an open and fair country; every one's views are respected, including Katie's and others === no matter how idiotic or extreme or xenophobic or homophobic.
Also we must be nice to ladies; we have seen your ladies do that USA-finger-thing, but most other political ladies do behave well.
Perhaps Cosmick they do things different,y in Ireland?
Welshmen, they do things different,y in Wales?
May be best if you went back to your glorious counties of real origin..
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: "Ukip in fresh demand for more peers" Hmm...don't think their bosses in the Kremlin will find that request ideologically sound.[/p][/quote]NUTTER ![/p][/quote]Now, now UKIP writers. Let us blog in a nice accountable manner. This is an open and fair country; every one's views are respected, including Katie's and others === no matter how idiotic or extreme or xenophobic or homophobic. Also we must be nice to ladies; we have seen your ladies do that USA-finger-thing, but most other political ladies do behave well. Perhaps Cosmick they do things different,y in Ireland? Welshmen, they do things different,y in Wales? May be best if you went back to your glorious counties of real origin.. mistamina
  • Score: 0
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