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West Ham's Karren Brady among new peers as 6 fresh faces hand £7m to Westminster parties

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Finance

West Ham's Karen Brady among new peers but 6 fresh faces handed 7m to Westminster parties West Ham's Karen Brady among new peers but 6 fresh faces handed 7m to Westminster parties

Six of the 22 new peers announced by the government today have made donations totalling nearly £7 million to political parties, the Electoral Reform Society has revealed.

Karren Brady, the vice-chairman of West Ham United football club, is perhaps the most famous among those given a seat in the House of Lords, though she hasn't personally given a penny to any party.

By far the biggest donor among the new peers is Michael Farmer, who has handed the Conservative party a total of £6,557,158 - £6,250 of which was donated through proxies.

The second greatest largesse came from Rabinder Singh Suri, who has gifted the Tories £312,435 - £183,055 of which came via proxies.

Meanwhile, fellow new peers Dame Gail Rebuck and Michael Cashman have donated £33,250 and £2,500 respectively to the Labour party.

And two generous Lib Dem donors also made the cut: Barbara Janke has handed over £5,498 to the party, whilst Paul Scriven has stumped up £2,000.

Sixteen of the 22 new peers have previously held political positions, either elected or employed.

Another high profile addition announced for the Lords is Sir Stuart Rose, the former CEO of Marks & Spencer, though he hasn't given any money to a political party.

The new appointments bring the total number of peers in the House of Lords to 850.

Katie Ghose, chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said: “These appointments further cement the impression that to get into the House of Lords, all you have to do is write a fat cheque to a political party or be a party hack. The second chamber is a crucial part of our political system, with real legislative power. It cannot be right that people are effectively able to buy a seat at the highest level of politics.

“It is the founding principle of democracy that we should be able to choose those who govern us. Until we have an elected second chamber, as opposed to one full to the brim with favoured sons and daughters, we will not be getting the democracy we deserve."

Name

Donated personally

Donated through proxies

Total

Party

Previous political
position

Karren Brady

 

 

 

Conservative

N

Stuart Rose

 

 

 

Conservative

N

Michael Farmer

6,550,908.20

£6,250

6,557,158.20

Conservative

Y

Michael Cashman

2500

0

2,500.00

Labour

Y

Joanna Shields

 

 

 

Conservative

N

Rabinder Singh Suri

£129,380.00

£183.055.00

£312,435.00

Conservative

N

Chris Fox

 

 

 

Lib Dem

Y

Barbara Janke

£5,498

 

£5,498

Lib Dem

Y

Paul Scriven

£2,000

 

£2,000

Lib  Dem

Y

Martin Callanan

 

 

 

Conservative

Y

Carlyn Chisholm

 

 

 

Conservative

Y

Andrew Cooper

 

 

 

Conservative

Y

Natalie Evans

 

 

 

Conservative

Y

Dido Harding

 

 

 

Conservative

N

Arminka Helic

 

 

 

Conservative

Y

Nosheena Mobarik

 

 

 

Conservative

Y

Chris Lennie

 

 

 

Labour

Y

Gail Rebuck

£2,000

£31,250

£33,250

Labour

N

David Goddard

 

 

 

Lib Dem

Y

Kath Pinnock

 

 

 

Lib Dem

Y

Julie Smith

 

 

 

Lib Dem

Y

William Hay

 

 

 

DUP

Y

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