Lord Alan Sugar has been urged to resign from parliament as official figures have revealed his sad participation in the House of Lords.
The 74-year-old apprentice criticized companies that allow staff to work from home, describing it as a “come and go as you wish” culture.
But his own record in the second house of parliament faces serious questions, as his turnout since 2009 has turned out to be just under 14 percent.
Lord Sugar has attended only 254 of the possible 1,778 performances at the House of Lords in the last 13 years.
Lord Alan Sugar has been urged to resign from parliament as official figures have revealed his sad participation in the Lord House.
The figures cover the period from when he became lord in July 2009 to 5 January 2022, according to official figures.
The multimillionaire has also not made a speech to the Lords since October 2018, when he moaned about Brexit in the ‘People’s Vote’ debate, records show.
According to statistics from the UK Parliament, he has not voted in the unelected House of Lords since October 2017 and there is no record of him ever submitting written questions.
The billionaire famously “fired” people in the successful BBC show The Apprentice, which has just returned to the screens, but the British public cannot remove him from office because he is not elected.
The 74-year-old apprentice star has attended just 254 of a possible 1,778 appearances at the House of Lords in the past 13 years – a attendance rate of just 14%.
However, John O’Connell, executive director of the Taxpayers’ Union, said: “If the House of Lords is to remain a valuable Chamber of Auditors, colleagues who barely contribute to the upper house’s work should retire.”
Attendance of Lord Sugar, who founded Amstrad and is the former president of Tottenham Hotspur, has declined over the years since he was ennobled in 2009 by then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Lord Sugar was originally a Labor peer, but resigned from the party in 2015 because of its left-wing “policy shift” led by Jeremy Corbyn – and now serves as a cross-judge.
But his participation in the House of Lords has been in free fall since 2015, when he recorded a maximum of 36 participations out of a maximum of 137, data show.
Stunning numbers show that he attended 14 times out of 151 opportunities in 2016, 19 out of 129 in 2017 and nine out of 155 in 2018.
The participation of Lord Sugar, who founded Amstrad and is the former president of Tottenham Hotspur, seems to have improved over the years since he was ennobled in 2009 by then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
In the years affected by Covid, seven of the 140 opportunities in 2019 were attended and only two of the 162 trips last year.
The business tycoon, whose net worth is estimated at £ 1.21 billion on The Sunday Times list of the rich, has not been recorded to attend the chamber this year either.
In July last year, a businessman sparked controversy by accusing people working from home of Covid-19 of being complacent.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘Boris says he doesn’t have to work from home anymore. So the city people go back to the offices, let’s run the local economy for shops, cafes that have suffered badly.
“Some may like this new style of work. Well, these people will never work for me. ‘
According to reports last week, he described working from home as “fashionable”.
Lord Sugar supposedly added: “I’m old-fashioned. Working from home is not just a covid thing. It’s a fashion thing that started before Covid when you had all these hot tables.
‘I’m going to be 75 soon and I’m not doing very well.’
He also reportedly condemned British youth and work culture in large technology companies in December.
A peer reportedly said: “Young people today are usually IT literate and become programmers.
“Companies like Google, Facebook or Twitter have this idea of‘ Come and go as you like ’and allow them to sit on bean bags and crush each other with elastic bands, and this idea of‘ Come when you want ’.
‘I’ve always been five working days a week and the weekend has always been a weekend.
‘I say, do everything in five days and it shouldn’t interfere with your family life. Work-life balance is a very sensitive issue for me. ‘
A Lord House spokesman said: “We are not monitoring how many debates he has been a member of.
“These are participations in the House, so that they either take part in the division or are caught by a member of staff on a monitoring device in or around the chamber when Parliament is sitting.
“Among hybrid / virtual processes, this may include virtual participation.”