Contacting members of the House of Lords


hous of lordsBack in mid December Martin Callanan who is a Brexit Minister but in the House of Lords rather than the House of Commons was involved in a debate on the subject of the peoples vote. He claimed as part of that debate which had been organised by Hugh Dykes, a one time Conservative who is now a Liberal Democrat that he had not received any emails regarding the need for a peoples vote. This surprised both Hugh and one of the other Lords who participated, Genista McIntosh who is a Labour Peer. Having read about the debate I decided to send Martin an email and at the same time wrote to both Genista and Hugh explaining that I had done so. Within a few hours Genista responded to my correspondence with a brief “Well spotted! – I hope you get a reply”. The challenges is that Martin Callanan is one of the members of the House of Lords who cannot be contacted directly as he has not submitted an email address. Instead any emails are directed to the Conservative Party so of course his claim that “I will certainly go back and check with the department, but I receive a lot of correspondence both publicly and privately and I do not recall seeing any such representations. This is not to say that there have not been any letters in the department—there may have been one or two, but I certainly have not seen any on my private email.”

As a further example I also sent a message to Wilf Stevenson a Labour Peer on 13th January regarding a comment he had made about the industry I work for. Sadly like Martin and Hugh, Wilf has not responded. Now of course these are Lords and not MPs and so they are not accountable to a constituency or indeed anyone apart from their parties. However they do get paid £300 a day to go to the House of Lords and one would imagine this should lead to some level of responsibility. One of the responses from the House of Lords is “For Information about Lords membership, work, role and function please email hlinfo@parliament.uk or phone 0207 219 3107″ so perhaps that is the next step!

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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