Lib Dem Lord Tyler tells the programme: ‘It’s the best day care centre for the elderly in London.
Families can drop in him or her and make sure that the staff will look after him very well – and he can have a snooze in the afternoon in the Chamber or in the library.’Former Lords Speaker Baroness D’Souza says she once witnessed a peer leave a taxi waiting outside while he popped inside to ‘clock in’ and claim his tax-free £300 attendance allowance.
In the fly-on-the-wall documentary, another peer, Lord Tyler, calls the Lords the ‘best day care centre for the elderly in London’.
Members of the Lords get the £300 tax-free allowance each day just for turning up – even though some of them contribute nothing, according to claims in the BBC2 documentary.
But Lord Palmer, who inherited his title 28 years ago and sits as a crossbench peer, said there would be an unwelcome backlash if they were paid more.
The 65-year-old, whose stately home on the Scottish borders boasts a grand staircase fashioned from silver, told the programme: ‘If you think that today a high-powered accountant or lawyer is probably charging £600 an hour… The Press outcry if we had a tiny rise would be just absolutely intolerable.’ The documentary, Meet The Lords, which begins next Monday, shows elderly peers snoozing on the red benches during a debate and drinking red wine at the ‘long table’ of their taxpayer-subsidised restaurant.
This photo shows a younger Sharon all dolled up'He told her how to dress; he told her what makeup he liked, what he didn't like. But he ruled her entire life from the time she met him,' Tate's friend Joanna Pettet told the author.
Tragedy: On the night of August 9, 1969, eight months pregnant, Sharon Tate was stabbed sixteen times and murdered along with Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Steven Parent and Voyteck Frytowski by the Manson Family Crime scene: Tate's death was one of the most brutal murders in the history of Los Angeles.
the morning of March 11, 1977, Detective Philip Vannatter, of the Los Angeles Police Department, arrived at his desk in the West L. division to find a report that had been placed there a few hours earlier. So I said I’m going to do what is right.“After I read him his rights, I asked him to take me upstairs to his room, so I could do the search,” Vannatter went on.
There are no checks on what a peer does after signing in, meaning unscrupulous members are free to leave immediately.
Lady D’Souza’s intervention is all the more remarkable given that she came under fire in 2015 for charging £230 expenses for keeping her chauffeur-driven car waiting four hours while she went to the opera on official duty.
According to Vannatter, “The prosecutor decided that we should go to the hotel where Polanski was staying and execute a search warrant”—to find, among other things, photographs of Gailey that she said Polanski had taken and quaalude pills like the one she said the director had given her. A.’s office there told me to do the search but not to arrest him,” Vannatter recalled. ’ ” Polanski placed a single quaalude in Vannatter’s palm.
“They said they didn’t want to do an arrest, but to do the case more slowly, through a grand-jury investigation. I thought we had plenty of evidence to arrest him, and that’s what I thought we should do.”So, in the early evening, Vannatter and his partner went to the Beverly Wilshire hotel, in Beverly Hills, where Polanski was staying. In Suite 200, Polanski was jittery but coöperative.