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A Labour peer who moved to the US to take on lucrative jobs in Silicon Valley was last night facing calls to give up her title.
Oona King, 51, has not appeared in the House of Lords since taking an open-ended ‘leave of absence’ in November 2016 and moving to San Francisco to work for Google.
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The former Labour minister, who lives in a £1.4million home in California with her husband and four children, has been allowed to keep her title and is exempt from a code of conduct that requires peers to disclose relevant interests.
In May Baroness King spoke at the University of California, Berkeley, where she accepted an award in recognition of her ‘work in British parliament’.
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She continues to describe herself as an active member of the Lords on her official website and Twitter, which she has used to call for a second referendum.
Campaigners and MPs accused her of bringing parliament into disrepute. Sir Alistair Graham, former chairman of the committee for standards in public life, said peers should be limited to one year off – after which they should give up their title.
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The group’s chief executive Darren Hughes added: ‘These findings make the House of Lords look more like a private members’ club than ever – with members keeping their titles while never having to turn up. That’s no basis for a decent scrutiny chamber.
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