As if the parliamentary system could get any more ridiculous in this country: meet the lifelong Labour supporter and lingerie entrepreneur, Baroness Michelle Mone of Mayfair, the Tory party’s latest peer to take a seat in the House of Lords.
Wearing the traditional red robe, Michelle Mone, or Baroness Mone of Mayfair as she should now be called and bowed to if you’re a Royalist, went through the traditional ‘swearing in’ ceremony with her new Tory cronies, Work and Pensions minister Lord Freud and Tory peer Baroness Morris of Bolton. The Scot swore allegiance to the crown.
Baroness Mone. who grew up in the roughest part of Glasgow, and always professed to be a staunch Labour supporter until Cameron called her up one day to ask her to be part of his team (an offer one can’t refuse!) is one of 45 new Tory peers chosen by our prime minister. And why? Because she founded the UK’s no 1 lingerie brand Ultimo and accepted a Tsar position in the Tory cabinet to help young entrepreneurs with their start-ups. She also sits on the Board of Directors for The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust.
It has been reported that over half of the new intake are Tories leading to accusations of “cronyism” from critics. Others include Tory lobbyist for the Wine and Spirits Trade Association, Kevin Shinkwin and
The growth in the size of the Lords to over 800 members has sparked new demands for reform of the upper House.
We’re sure she’ll do well surrounded by fifty-something upper-class Tory elitists. She can at least teach them how to make the most of their busts. And the press. (Apologies, we simply couldn’t report this straight. )
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