The SNP has hit out at plans to give a lifetime peerage in the unelected House of Lords to sitting MP and Scotland Secretary, Alister Jack.
The party called on Jack, the MP for Dumfries and Galloway, to resign immediately and force a by-election.
Commenting, the SNP’s Cabinet Office spokesperson, Kirsty Blackman MP said:
“If Alister Jack is so desperate to scamper off to a lifetime seat in the Lords he should resign immediately, and force a by-election to give the people of Dumfries and Galloway the chance to elect an MP who respects democracy and opposes the undemocratic House of Lords.
“Baron Jack will be kept company in the Lords by other election dodgers and democracy deniers – he’ll have a good time raking in upwards of £300 a day at the taxpayers’ expense.
“Though it makes sense to place him in the Lords, given that as Scotland secretary he has experience of being part of an archaic institution not needed or fit for purpose in the 21st century.
“The people of Scotland are seeing their democracy denied and cost of living soaring because of folk like Jack and his corrupt Tory party – we should be free of them and the undemocratic House of Lords with the full powers of independence.”