Tomorrow, Rachael Maskell MP asks Government to back her Bill to allow titles to be stripped from disgraced peers.
MP for York Central’s Removal of Titles Bill is due to get its second reading on Friday 9th of December, which for the first time would give the Monarch powers to strip titles and associated privileges from Peers, either by their own initiative or following the recommendation of a committee of Parliament.
As things stand, removing titles requires an act of Parliament, and the last time this was achieved was 105-years ago, when titles were removed for peers who had “borne arms against His Majesty or His Allies, or had adhered to His Majesty’s enemies”.
Rachael Maskell said:
“Despite 80% of my constituents saying they wanted to end the city’s association with the Duke of York following his associations with Epstein’s activities. I found that there is currently no mechanism to make this happen. I made a promise to my constituents that I would do everything I could to change this, and I intend to make good on that promise”
“In Britain, fairness matters, the way we treat each other matters, standards in public life matter. We can no longer have a two-tier system, where the vast majority of people are held accountable for their actions, and a tiny, elevated group have their status and privileges protected no matter what they do. It devalues our cities, our institutions, and our country itself.
“Whether its Russian oligarchs or people who have profited out of Government procurement processes during a time of national crisis, the privileges of a title should not be taken for granted and should be open to challenge after consideration, and my Bill provides that opportunity.
“The Government don’t want to look at this, but scandal after weary scandal we can no longer afford to look away. For our young people and for the future of the country, we need to raise our standards and require more of those in high office.”