Peer pressure

Mone ‘retires’ from public speaking in new Lords twist

Michelle Mone Lords

Lady Mone at her swearing in

Lady Michelle Mone says she has retired from public speaking, adding a further twist to the controversy surrounding the House of Lords.

As the SNP calls for the peerage handed to millionaire Tory donor Lord Offord to be withdrawn, Lady Mone’s admission that she no longer intends to speak in public will intensify pressure for reform.

The Glasgow businesswoman was given her passage to the upper house by former prime minister David Cameron in 2015 but in those six years she has made just five speeches and submitted 22 written questions.

She told her Instagram followers: “I’ve spoken at some of the world’s biggest conferences alongside presidents and huge figures like Richard Branson and often get asked when my next speaking appearance will be.

“But, I’ve recently decided to step back and retire from public speaking to focus on my family and new ventures.”

Her spokeswoman confirmed she had ‘retired from public speaking’, while insisting to the Daily Record that “she will continue with her role as a Baroness.”

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