UKIP has called for more peers in the House of Lords, following the success of Nigel Farage’s party in the European elections.
Lord Pearson of Rannoch, the former UKIP leader, has written to the Cabinet Office to ask for more members of the party to join him on the House of Lords’ red benches.
He said it was “transparently dishonest” for the party not to have a greater representation in the upper chamber.
UKIP currently has three peers, all defectors from the Conservatives but believes it is entitled to 23 more.
The actual statement is that peers will be created to reflect votes at the GE.
Which is going to be interesting if the LibDem vote continues its collapse and UKIP continues to run above 15% (being pessimistic there).
There will then be a strong case for more than a handful of UKIP peers to be created. Which will cause two almighty catfights. Without UKIP as everyone else backtracks to insist that they didn’t really mean it. And within over who gets to be those peers. I can think of several who would slot right in. And several who would think they would but wouldn’t.