Alan Sugar is urged to retire from Parliament after figures revealed The Apprentice star has attended just 14% of House of Lords sittings since 2009
Lord Alan Sugar has been urged to retire from Parliament as official figures revealed his dismal attendance in the House of Lords.
The Apprentice star, 74, has criticised companies allowing staff to work from home, describing it as a ‘come and go as you fancy’ culture.
But his own record in Parliament’s second chamber faces serious questions as it emerged his attendance since 2009 is a meagre 14 per cent.
Lord Sugar has made just 254 out of a possible 1,778 House of Lords appearances in the last 13 years.
Lord Alan Sugar has been urged to retire from Parliament as official figures revealed his dismal attendance in the House of Lords
The figures cover the period from when he became a Lord in July 2009 to January 5, 2022, according to official data.
The multi-millionaire also hasn’t made a spoken contribution in the Lords since October 2018, when he moaned about Brexit in a ‘People’s Vote’ debate, records show.
He hasn’t voted in the unelected House of Lords since October 2017 and there is no record of him ever submitting written questions, according to UK Parliament stats.
The billionaire famously ‘fires’ people in hit BBC show The Apprentice, which has just returned to screens, but the British public are unable to remove him from office as he isn’t elected.
The Apprentice star, 74, has made just 254 out of a possible 1,778 House of Lords appearances in the last 13 years – an attendance rate of just 14 per cent
However, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘If the House of Lords is to remain a valuable revising chamber, peers who barely contribute to the work of the Upper House should retire.’
Attendance by Lord Sugar, who founded Amstrad and is Tottenham Hotspur’s ex-chairman, appears to have nosedived over the years since he was ennobled by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009.
Lord Sugar was initially a Labour peer but resigned from the party in 2015 over its left-wing ‘policy shift’ under Jeremy Corbyn – and he now sits as a crossbencher.
But his House of Lords attendance has been in freefall since 2015, when he recorded a high of 36 attendances out of a maximum of 137, data shows.
Staggering figures show he attended on 14 occasions out of 151 opportunities in 2016, 19 out of 129 in 2017, and nine out of 155 in 2018.
Attendance by Lord Sugar, who founded Amstrad and is Tottenham Hotspur’s ex-chairman, appears to have nosedived over the years since he was ennobled by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009
In the Covid-affected years, he’s logged as present for seven out of 140 occasions in 2019 and just two out of 162 outings last year.
The business magnate, whose net wealth is estimated as £1.21billion in The Sunday Times’ rich list – is not recorded as attending the chamber so far this year, either.
In July last year, the businessman sparked controversy by accusing people working from home due to Covid-19 of being complacent.
He tweeted: ‘Boris says it’s no longer necessary to work from home. So city people get back to the offices, let’s kick start the local economy for shops,cafes who suffered badly.
‘Some people may have become complacent liking this new style of working. Well those folk will never work for me.’
He also blasted working from home as a ‘fad’, according to reports last week.
Lord Sugar reportedly added: ‘I’m old fashioned. Working from home is not just a covid thing. It’s a fashionable thing that started pre-Covid when you had all these hot desks.
‘I’m 75 soon and it doesn’t go down too well with me.’
He also slammed Brit youngsters and the working culture at big tech firms in December, according to reports.
The peer reportedly said: ‘Young people these days tend to be IT literate and become programmers.
‘And companies like Google, Facebook or Twitter have this “Come and go as you fancy” idea and they let them sit on bean bags and flick elastic bands at each other, and this “Turn up when you want to” idea.
‘I was always a five working days a week person and the weekend was always the weekend.
‘I say, get everything done in five days and it should not interfere in your family life. Work-life balance is a very touchy subject for me.’
A House of Lords spokesperson said: ‘We do not keep track of how many debates a member has sat in on.
‘These are House attendances, so either taking part in a division or captured by a member of staff on an attendance device in or around the chamber when the House is sitting.
‘During hybrid/virtual proceedings this could also include attending virtually.’