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Expenses: Lords who did not vote claim £100k – report

Expenses: Lords who did not vote claim £100k – report

Members of the House of Lords who did not vote in the last parliamentary session claimed £100,000 in expenses, a report has found.

From 2010-15 a total of £360,000 was claimed by 62 peers who did not vote, the Electoral Reform Society said.

Most members are not paid a salary but can claim a daily allowance of up to £300 for Parliamentary duties.

The ERS said the Lords was “growing out of control” but a peer told the BBC that they do more than just vote.

Darren Hughes, deputy chief executive of the ERS, said: “The prime minister said he regrets not reforming the second House in the last parliament.

“It’s time for him to act and finally fix our broken upper chamber.”

However, Baroness Flather – a former Conservative peer who is now an independent, or “crossbencher” – said the report “missed the point”.

She said some crossbenchers rarely vote, but they still contribute to sittings by raising questions, speaking in debates and by meeting people.

“I speak all the time in debates and questions. I became a crossbencher because I want to speak about issues I know the Tories don’t want me to speak about.

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GPs put 1 in 20 under-aged girls on the Pill: Thousands of children as young as 12 are now on the contraceptive

GPs put 1 in 20 under-aged girls on the Pill: Thousands of children as young as 12 are now on the contraceptive

A shock study found that family doctors are handing out the Pill to about 75,000 girls under 16 every year – a jump of 50 per cent in a decade.

Worryingly, parents are unlikely ever to find out because health workers do not have to inform them when they provide contraception to a minor.

Last night, senior Conservative MP Bob Neill called the figures ‘deeply shocking’ and said the practice was ‘destroying’ the childhood of young girls and ‘undermining responsible parents’.

It came as family campaigners and doctors warned:

  • The total number of underage girls – including 12-year-olds – using the oral contraceptive is likely to be even higher because sexual health clinics and school nurses are also able to prescribe it;
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are soaring as teenagers on the Pill increasingly feel they can dispense with condoms and engage in riskier sexual behaviour;
  • Underage sex is slowly being normalised and legalised – even though it is still against the law.
  • There is not enough information about the long-term health risks for teenagers on the Pill – something the study’s authors also highlight.