Consumer champion Martin Lewis has revealed an application he made to become a member of House of Lords has been turned down.
Lewis, regarded as One of the most trusted people in Britainsaid that he believed his request for cross-bench peerage was denied because he was honest about the limited amount of time he could commit to the role.
In an interview with the BBC’s Political Thinking podcast, Lewis expressed a desire for “more consensual, cooperative politics”.
50 year old founder of Money Saving Expert website be more assertive On the part of consumers and financially affluent households in recent months, amid rising inflation and a cost of living crisis.
“I never attack Tories, I attack government policies,” he said.
He told a podcast hosted by political journalist Nick Robinson that he was a member of the Liberal Democrats until the age of 24, but had been a provisional voter ever since.
He said his attempt to become an independent peer was turned down by the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
Asked if he’d like a partner, he said: “I just turned down again a couple of weeks ago, actually.” He continued: “I did this really silly thing and I was honest in the interview.”
He said he told the commission that he could only offer a limited number of hours. “I am very busy with my job, but most importantly I have a nine year old daughter and until she is 13, my most important job is to be with her from 6.30 pm to 8 pm And put him on the bed.
“I would look at my role as learning for three to five years with limited input and then gradually give more time to the House of Lords over the next five to 10 years.”
Lewis suggested that this might represent a stumbling block to his application, although he said the commission invited him to reapply in the future.
“I don’t think I was prepared to give him the time he felt was necessary to stay at Lord’s.”
In an extensive interview, Lewis also revealed that as a schoolboy in Chester he was subjected to anti-Semitic abuse: “There were two Jews in the year. And my surname was Jewish. And it was basically, I think, something like [the actor and comedian] Jerry Lewis or something, something a little hot. And then, the way it works, it was shortened.”
a A House of Lords spokesman told the BBC That the appointments were “not determined on the basis of care or family circumstances” and that “some very good candidates” were rejected.