The House of Lords has acted to suspend Lord Taylor of Blackburn and Lord Truscott after review evidence submitted from the Times Newspaper in the newspaper revealed that Labour Peers were accepting cash payments for influencing amendments to legislation.
The total cost to the Peers will be the loss of £335 a day in their Lords Allowances for about 6 months, until the current sitting of Parliament ends.
It is the first time suspensions have been used as punishment since the era of Oliver Cromwell, and is the harshest penalty available to investigating committee - and will be enacted pending a vote to confirm in the House.
Having read this, I think it absolutely stinks. The reason there is no tougher sentence available is because in times gone by, scandals not remotely close to this would have required resignations or of peers being stripped of their peerages or possibly criminal prosecutions and hangings! If these men had anything close to honour they would have immediately resigned. Yet again, the laws of Parliament are there to suit and profit those who work there to the detriment of those governed by it.
Their titles and incomes are secure by virtue of association with the highest echelons of the Labour Party, who did not feel compelled to disassociate these peers with Parliament.
Any law maker who takes cash to influence laws is not acting in the best interests of the country; but is making laws to suit the rich and corrupt who can afford to buy influence.
I say again, it stinks!