A good reason not to have an upper house here

A very, very good reason not to have an Upper House here.

The appointment of a junior Opposition whip in the House of Lords should not usually warrant attention. Ed Miliband has enough trouble getting himself noticed, let alone an obscure Scottish peer at the tail end of the new leader’s first reshuffle. But in the Lords and in Downing Street, the fact that he chose to give a job in the engine room to Lord McAvoy has caused a minor ripple of disquiet. As a Labour whip in the Commons for nearly 20 years, Thomas McAvoy built a reputation for quiet ruthlessness in his party’s interest. Gordon Brown thanked him for his loyal service by sending him to the Upper House last year. Since then he has emerged as a leading light in a gang of recently ennobled Labour toughs who have disrupted the rarefied atmosphere of the Lords with the bully boy tactics of the Commons.

Lord Trev would be a total pain in the arse forever.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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