Consumer professional Martin Lewis has revealed he was turned down after making use of to develop into a member of the House of Lords.
Mr Lewis, founder and chair of MoneySavingExpert.com, mentioned that he believes his bid for a cross-bench peerage was rejected as a result of he was “honest” in regards to the restricted time he might decide to the function.
In an interview with the BBC’s Political Thinking podcast, Mr Lewis expressed his need for “more consensual, co-operative politics”.
Mr Lewis has develop into more and more vocal in latest months on behalf of customers and financially stretched households, amid surging inflation and a cost-of-living disaster.
He advised the podcast, hosted by Nick Robinson, that he was a member of the Liberal Democrats till the age of 24 however since then has been a “floating voter”.
Mr Lewis mentioned that it was solely a quantity of weeks in the past that his try and develop into an impartial peer was turned down by the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
“I did this really silly thing and I was honest in the interview,” he mentioned.
He mentioned that he advised the fee he might solely supply a restricted quantity of hours.
“I’m very busy with my job, but most importantly, I have a nine-year-old daughter and until she is 13, my most important job from 6.30pm until 8pm at night is to be with her and put her to bed.
“I would see my role as being learning for three to five years, with limited input and then gradually over the next five to 10 years, committing more time to the House of Lords.”
Mr Lewis advised that this will have represented a “stumbling block” to his utility, though he mentioned that the fee invited him to use once more sooner or later.
“I don’t think I was willing to give them the time that they felt was necessary to be in the Lords.”