BREXITEERS OF THE WEEK: Farage ally who said it took ‘democratic principle’ to turn down peerage set to join Lords

Claire Fox with Nigel Farage and former Brexit Party MEPs ahead of the last European elections. (Pho

Claire Fox with Nigel Farage and former Brexit Party MEPs ahead of the last European elections. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) - Credit: Getty Images

It's not just Claire Fox's views on the IRA that makes her a questionable choice for the House of Lords, as STEVE ANGLESEY explains.


May 2015: Contrarian pundit Fox praises Lib Dems Vince Cable, Danny Alexander, David Laws and Simon Hughes as they turn down peerages because they do not believe in an unelected second chamber. She calls it a 'rediscovery of democratic principles'.

July 2020: Fox rediscovers her democratic principles by accepting a peerage in Boris Johnson's dissolution honours list despite having consistently called for the House of Lords to be abolished. She writes: 'I stand by that… I'll argue that in the House of Lords while it exists'. She goes on brag about 'having more democrats in the unelected House of Lords', apparently forgetting that she got there by patronage rather than the ballot box.

No word yet on what Claire's principles say about keeping her £300-a-day allowance, but perhaps she'll claim she's aiming to bankrupt the Lords from within…

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