You’re fired? ANNA MIKHAILOVA reveals Lord Sugar is one of 24 peers being probed by Parliament’s ethics watchdog over outside interests
- Alan Sugar among 24 peers under investigation by Parliament’s ethics watchdog
- The Apprentice Star has been accused of failing to declare his interests correctly
- Rules require peers to outline the work carried out by the firm which pays them
- The famous hothead has 28 directorships and finds time for paid ‘fireside chats’
Is Alan Sugar about to be told: ‘You’re fired’?
The Apprentice star is one of 24 peers under investigation by Parliament’s ethics watchdog over outside interests.
The famous hothead, who was rather absurdly ennobled by Gordon Brown in 2009, has been accused of failing to declare his interests correctly.
The tough transparency rules require peers to give a brief description of the work carried out by the company that pays them.
Alan Sugar (pictured) is one of 24 peers under investigation by Parliament’s ethics watchdog over outside interests
It can be as vague as ‘security’ or ‘media’, yet it appears these 24 peers found this requirement too hard to meet.
So what of Lord Sugar’s interests?
As well as his TV work hosting The Apprentice, Junior Apprentice and Australian Celebrity Apprentice, he has 28 directorships and finds time for paid ‘fireside chats’.
What then of his contribution to the House of Lords?
Well, he hasn’t had time to vote since 2017, the last time he spoke in the Second Chamber was in 2018, and he has no written questions to his name.
Talking of which, Sugar, 74, does insist The Apprentice candidates use his title, and proudly displays it on his social media accounts, where, unlike Parliament, he sees it more worth his while to maintain his gruff presence.
The tough transparency rules require peers to give a brief description of the work carried out by the company that pays them. Pictured: Lord Alan Sugar in the Lords chamber
The Lords Commissioners for Standards, which launched the probe last week, technically has the power to expel and suspend peers.
Naturally, in this instance Lord Sugar and his fellow peers under investigation will at most be given a slap on the wrist.
Isn’t it time that the watchdog grasped the nettle and gave the boot to peers who clearly have more interest in their personal and business affairs?
MPs love a trip to the Apple Store at the taxpayers’ expense – Angela Rayner perhaps more than most.
After criticism for putting two sets of AirPods on expenses, Angela Rayner (pictured) has paid back the cost of an Apple Pencil and a keyboard she bought to go with her £1,919 iPad Pro
But after criticism for putting not one but two sets of AirPods on expenses, Labour’s frontline Shadow Minister has quietly paid back the cost of an Apple Pencil and a keyboard she bought to go with her £1,919 iPad Pro.
The two gadgets cost £256. Surely the AirPods at £249 a set should be next? Baby steps…
I hear that Downing Street’s second most rampant occupant has been managing to control his libido and other appetites.
Downing Street’s dog Dilyn (pictured) has been managing to control his libido and has become ‘more chilled’, says a mole
For now at least, Dilyn the dog is ‘more chilled’, says my mole. Perhaps the arrival of rival pup Nova at Rishi Sunak’s well-run operation next door has his paranoid neighbours worried.
There’s nothing like planning law reform to make twitchy Tory MPs concerned about how it will go down with constituents.
The sniping has already begun over the divisive issue as it returns to the Commons agenda.
One furious Tory has questioned the loyalty of the adviser in No 10 behind the policy – apparently, when Jack Airey left his previous career as a think-tank wonk, he also left behind his Labour mug.
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