'Abolish it' Andrew Neil's brutal assessment of House of Lords as Tory 'sleaze' row erupts

Labour leader Keir Starmer said in a letter to Lord Bew, chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission, that making Mr Paterson a Lord would “undermine the confidence in the probity of Parliament”.

On Saturday, former prime minister Sir John Major said a peerage for Mr Paterson would be “rather extraordinary”, describing Boris Johnson’s Government as “shameful”.

An investigation by The Sunday Times and Open Democracy revealed today (Sunday) that in the past two decades, all 16 of the Tory’s main treasurers — apart from the most recent, who stood down two months ago having donated £3.8 million — have been offered a seat in the Lords.

Lord Farmer, another Tory treasurer, said it had become “a tradition” for Conservative Prime Ministers to hand out a peerage to the holder of the party’s top fundraising role.

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