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Lords bill taxpayer £46,000 for day paying tribute to Prince Philip, but fewer than HALF spoke #englishheadline #Lords #bill #taxpayer #day #paying #tribute #Prince #Philip #spoke

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Lords bill taxpayer £46,000 after spending a day paying tribute to Duke of Edinburgh after his death, despite fewer than HALF actually bothering to speak in the upper chamber

  • 162 members of the upper house claimed expenses for the session on April 12 
  • But just 65 of those spoke during the session, either in person or remotely
  • It means 97 billed the taxpayer for turning up but did not actively participate 










Peers billed the taxpayer £46,000 after spending a day praising the Duke of Edinburgh after his death –  even though fewer than half actually spoke in the House of Lords in his honour.

Some 162 members of the upper house claimed expenses for the session on April 12, three days after the royal consort died at the age of 99.

But just 65  of those who claimed spoke during the session, either in person or remotely. It means 97 billed the taxpayer for turning up but did not participate.

They are allowed to claim £323 a day for attending Parliament in person or £162 if they dial in from home.

Some 162 members of the upper house claimed expenses for the session on April 12, three days after the royal consort died at the age of 99.

They are allowed to claim £323 a day for attending Parliament in person or £162 if they dial in.

 They are allowed to claim £323 a day for attending Parliament in person or £162 if they dial in.

The session lasted more than five hours after the regular business of the day was wiped so they could pay tribute and agree a ‘Humble Address’ of condolences to the Queen. 

The figures were revealed in an FOI response to Sky News. 

Darren Hughes, the chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society, told the broadcaster: ‘This is the kind of expenses scandal in the unelected Lords which just seems to keep repeating itself.

‘While many peers work hard, too many appear to see the Lords as a cash cow – eroding trust in the work of parliament as a whole.

‘There is simply no way for voters to kick out those who fall short of the standards we need in the UK’s revising chamber.’





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