People's peers to combat Tony's cronies.
``People's Peers'' nominated nom·i·nate
tr.v. nom·i·nat·ed, nom·i·nat·ing, nom·i·nates
1. To propose by name as a candidate, especially for election.
2. To designate or appoint to an office, responsibility, or honor. by the public will take their seats in a new-style Second Chamber after the House of Lords House of Lords: see Parliament. is abolished, under proposals expected to be unveiled today.
The public will be able to suggest candidates to a seven-member Appointments Commission which is expected, initially, to approve about 20 nominations.
The plan is expected to be included in the White Paper on the future of the Lords which the government was unveiling today.
If the ``People's Peers'' idea proved popular, the process could be continued into the eventual, fully-reformed House.
It is seen as a bid to counteract claims that the new House will be packed with government appointees - ``Tony's cronies''.
Lords leader Baroness Jay today dismissed dis·miss
tr.v. dis·missed, dis·miss·ing, dis·miss·es
1. To end the employment or service of; discharge.
2. the criticism, and insisted that the personal patronage Patronage
See also Philanthropy.
fairy godfather to Italian Cinderella. [Ital. Opera: Rossini, Cinderella, Westerman, 120–121]
supports Bias in return for political favors. [Fr. Lit. of the Prime Minister would actually be reduced by the reforms.
``The 500 life peers who will be left after the hereditaries go have been nominated by eight successive Prime Ministers, most of them Tories, since the 1948 Life Peerages This is a list of Life Peerages in the Peerage of the United Kingdom created under the Life Peerages Act 1958, grouped by the sitting Prime Minister. For a list of the living life peers in order of creation, see List of Life Barons and Baronesses in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. Act.
``To suggest that the tiny minority who've been nominated by the present government are going to be a dominant `Tony's cronies' House is simply nonsense."
A Royal Commission will consider the composition of the final replacement chamber for the House of Lords.