Pensions expert turned Tory peer and minister Ros Altmann was the subject of much amusement last week, with the news of her expulsion as a member of both Labour and Lib Dems, which Altmann had joined — she claims — in order to “keep in touch with what each party was doing”.
But a not insignificant fact seems to have been overlooked.
Altmann says she is “absolutely devastated” by the Lords decision. She was not even invited in for an interview, “so I had no opportunity to meet the commission and put forward my case personally”.
The Noble Lord would have us believe that — despite being the former director of Saga and the UK’s most prominent pensions reform campaigner — being kept in the loop on parties’ policy necessitated membership.
But given her clear political ambitions and rejection as a crossbencher, is a better explanation that she she joined all three parties in a bid to secure a (whipped) peerage from one of them?