5.8 C
New York
Saturday, March 25, 2023

Rishi Sunak hands ministerial job to second hereditary peer this year

Jonathan William Berry was given a hereditary seat in the House of Lords as the “5th Viscount Camrose” last year following the retirement of Lord Rotherwick in February 2022.

Now, he has been appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology within a year of entering the House of Lords.

It follows the appointment of another hereditary peer, James Younger, “the Viscount Younger of Leckie”, to a ministerial role in the Department for Work and Pensions in January.

Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer said the move showed a “disdain for democracy”. 

He told The National: “Hereditary peerages have no place in a democratic parliament, let alone in government.

READ MORE: Kate Forbes rejects idea her leadership would see SNP ‘shift right’

“The principle is extremely simple: we should not be ruled by people that we did not choose and have no way to remove.

“This appointment shows a disdain for democracy and continues the trend of Downing Street undermining basic democratic norms.

“The issue is far bigger than the choices of one Viscount that few will have heard of. It is the system that has allowed unelected peers to have so much influence for so long.

“With independence we can finally build a modern, fair and progressive democracy and ensure that we are no longer being ruled by the cronies, donors and yes men who fill up the House of Lords.”

READ MORE: Humza Yousaf responds to Joanna Cherry’s Wings Over Scotland retweet

Jonathan William Berry was given the title of Viscount following the death of his father Adrian Michael Berry in 2016. 

The Berry family owned The Daily Telegraph for nearly 60 years, with Adrian serving as its science correspondent between 1977-1997.

Currently, there are 92 hereditary peers in the House of Lords, 42 of which are Conservative.

When a Tory hereditary peer dies or resigns the other 41 peers elect a successor from a list of eligible candidates with hereditary titles.

Berry was elected through this process in March 2022 following the retirement of Lord Rotherwick, who sat as a hereditary peer between 1997 and 2022.

The UK Government has been contacted for comment. 

Source link

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Stay Connected


Latest Articles