Tuesday, 17 December 2019 07:13

UNELECTED TORIES SET TO KEEP CABINET JOBS

The SNP has criticised the Tory government for their "disdain for democracy", after Nicky Morgan was handed a peerage in order to keep her Cabinet post as Culture Secretary – despite standing down at the General Election.

Zac Goldsmith – who lost his seat last week at the election – is also expected to be moved into the unelected House of Lords in order to keep his government position as environment and development minister who attends Cabinet.

The SNP has consistently called for the House of Lords to be abolished.

Commenting, SNP MP Pete Wishart said:

“The Tories' disdain for democracy knows no bounds as Boris Johnson moves to fill his Cabinet with unelected and rejected Tory members.

“It seems as though that Tories don’t even need to bother standing in an election and be held to account by the public in order to keep the perks of ministerial posts.

“From Westminster to Scotland, the Tory government’s undemocratic stance is on show as they reject the people of Scotland’s decision to have a choice over their future while simultaneously stuffing the House of Lords with more Tories.

“Serving in government is something that should be earned – instead Boris Johnson is creating his own private club in government and the House of Lords, who will have a say over laws that will impact on the livelihoods of people across Scotland and the UK. The House of Lords has to go.

"People in Scotland face the prospect of five more years of a Tory government it did not vote for and being dictated to by unelected Tories. It's clear that people in Scotland must have the choice over a better future than the broken Westminster system being imposed upon us."

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