Purchasing Peers - Democracy's Death Knell
Truscott — a former Labour MEP who was a government minister until 18 months ago — made it clear he had exactly the right credentials.
In the course of their short tea-time conversation he agreed to help them amend a government bill that was harmful to their client, in return for cash. He said he had done similar work before. He said he had intervened on the Energy Bill — a piece of legislation he had been responsible for as a minister only months earlier. His fee was seemingly modest by peers’ standards, but probably not for most people outside the house. He charged £2,000 a day, which would have added up to £72,000 for the three-day-a-month one-year contract he later proposed....
The House of Lords is supposed to be an important check on the power of the Commons, where mature and independent peers bring their experience to bear on proposed legislation.However, we found that four Labour peers were willing to help amend laws for a fee.