Baroness Michelle Mone who ended up with nearly £30 million in her bank account.

By Bill Heaney

It is absolutely right that the baroness is no longer attending the House of Lords and therefore no longer has the Conservative Whip, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told the House of Commons today (Wednesday).

Labour leader Sir Keith Starmer had asked him: “How did Baroness Mone, end up with nearly £30 million of taxpayers’ money in her bank account?”

Mr Sunak told him: “Like everyone else, I was absolutely shocked to read about the allegations. It is absolutely right that the baroness is no longer attending the House of Lords and therefore no longer has the Conservative Whip.

“The one thing that we know about the Labour leader is that he is a lawyer and should know that there is a process in place. It is right that that process concludes; I hope that it is resolved promptly.

“I shall tell him what is weak, and that is not being able to stand up to people. I know that he has taken some advice from Gordon Brown lately.

“Why does he not listen to a former Minister in Gordon Brown’s Government, who just said, ‘Why does the Labour party refuse to stand up for workers in businesses like pubs and restaurants who will lose business as a result of the train strikes?’

“Labour should stand up for working people. If he is strong, that is what he should do.”

Keir Starmer hit back: “It may not seem like it, but he is supposed to be the Prime Minister. This morning, his Transport Secretary [Mark Harper] said that his flagship legislation on strikes—[Interruption]—this is what he said this morning; they might want to listen to this—is “clearly not going to…help with the industrial action”  we are facing.

“He should stop grandstanding, stop sitting on his hands, get round the table and resolve these issues.

“Everyone can see what is happening here: a Tory politician got their hands on hundreds of millions in taxpayers’ money and then provided duff PPE, and the Prime Minister says that he was shocked.

“He was the Chancellor [at the time]. He signed the cheques. How much is he going to get back?”

The Prime Minister said: “It is right that he [Starmer] has brought up legislation with regard to strikes; I am very happy to address that.

Steve Camley cartoon in The Herald.
“Hard-working families in this country are facing challenges. The Government have been reasonable. We have accepted the recommendations of an independent pay body, giving pay rises, in many cases, higher than the private sector.
“But if the union leaders continue to be unreasonable, it is my duty to take action to protect the lives and livelihoods of the British public. That is why, since I became Prime Minister, I have been working for new, tough laws to protect people from that disruption.
“That is the legislation he is asking about. Will he now confirm that he will stand up for working people and that he and his party will back that legislation?”
Keir Starmer  replied: “The Prime Minister has obviously not heard what his Transport Secretary said about that legislation this morning.
“It is obvious why the Government are so opposed to Labour’s plans to clean up Westminster: they all voted for tax rises for working people while one of their unelected peers pocketed millions flogging dodgy personal protective equipment.”
Top picture: Baroness Mone,’the bra lady frae Brigton’.

One comment

  1. We don’t just want the money back. The folks in this fraud should be jailed.

    So where is Police Scotland in this. The police force that can hunt down covid criminals, pursue political targets like Salmond but can disregard high Tories breaking covid.

    And now £200m of duff PPE, paid to a company set up a couple of weeks before the VIP Lane award, and £30 million paid into this woman’s off shore account.

    No different from the drug gangs, these people walk free.

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