UKIP Peers in the House of Lords have been accused of using EU nationals as hostages by the Liberal Democrats.
Speaking in the Lords today, UKIP Peer Lord Pearson of Rannoch said:
If the EU were to get difficult with our nationals living there, it is we who hold the stronger hand if we retaliate as so many of them are living here.
The Liberal Democrat Lords group called “shame” on the stance of Lord Pearson, and said that now Leave had won, UKIP were acting like it was suddenly “not their problem”.
Lord Pearson has is a controversial peer, having claimed over £100,000 for the maintenance of his £3.7 million mansion in Central London, claiming it as his second home, whilst concurrently owning a 12,000 acre estate complete with servants and a lake. On company documents, he listed his London address as his primary one, which would forfeit him from claiming the night allowance payable to Peers.
Following his expenses scandal, he then said:
“I have been impoverished by politics; working in the Lords has cost me millions.
“I had to take a substantial cut in my city earnings … from memory I have given up about £200,000 per annum since 1990.
“My (main) home is in Scotland. I spend almost exactly half the year there.”
He later said that his London address was there for “convenience” reasons. Despite his membership, Lord Pearson is critical of the Lords, saying:
“We should think about abolishing the House of Lords: we in UKIP are anti-the political class.”
A rich claim, some say, considering his background as a one time-loyal member of the Conservative Party with a successful City of London career brokering insurance to millionaires.
He is also criticised for his attitudes towards Islam, once saying:
“We see Sharia law running de facto in our land and we see a birth rate which is several times ours.
“These people hate us with frightening religious fervour and we are right to fear them.”
He later implied that the Qu’ran was responsible for the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.