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Undemocratic manoeuvres in the Lords

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Glenys Kinnock has replaced Caroline Flint as the new Europe minister.
Issue 2155

Glenys Kinnock has replaced Caroline Flint as the new Europe minister.

Kinnock will join the House of Lords immediately.

But she won’t be alone – as a fifth of the cabinet is now made up of Lords.

They include Baroness Royall, the chancellor of the duchy of lancaster, Lord Malloch-Brown, a minister in the foreign and commonwealth office, Lord Drayson, the business, innovation and skills minister, and Baroness Scotland, the attorney general.

And finally there is Lord Adonis, the new transport secretary.

Even Tony Blair only ever managed two peers in his cabinet.

And Lord Mandelson, the business secretary, saw his powers increase formally as well as becoming a king-maker in the Labour Party.

Mandelson is determined to privatise Royal Mail, standing in stark opposition to public opinion.

And that is indictment enough of Brown’s Labour party.

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