All this fuss about Ashcroft and domicile.
Here\’s a question for you. Was Bryan Gould even a UK citizen?
Come to think of it, is Lord Paul?
Running through my mind is the thought that there\’s no requirement (at all) that a member of the House of Lords be a UK citizen. And I\’m not entirely sure that an MP has to be either.
Ah, no, an MP does not need to be a UK citizen.
So, how many of our rulers are not in fact citizens, let alone non doms?
Is Gisela Stuart a UK citizen? (She would certainly qualify through marriage but given her German background might not have actually bothered to do so).
This might actually get quite complex. I assume you have to be a citizen to be domiciled. So if Cameron\’s going to insist that only the domiciled can be MPs or Lords, then are there any who will be disqualified on those grounds?
I\’ve noted a couple of possibilities and this isn\’t simply to pick on them at all. I think it might be fascinating to find out whether all of our rulers really are citizens here….given that there\’s such a fuss about domicile.