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Alan Sugar urged House of Lords to retire after 14% turnout

Lord Alan Sugar has been urged to withdraw from parliament as official figures revealed his dismal presence in the House of Lords.

The Apprentice star, 74, has criticized companies that allow staff to work from home, describing it as a “come and go whenever you want” culture.

But his own track record in the House of Representatives is running into serious questions, as his attendance is a meager 14 percent since 2009.

Lord Sugar has made only 254 of the possible 1,778 House of Lords appearances in the past 13 years.

Lord Alan Sugar has been urged to withdraw from Parliament as official figures revealed his dismal presence in the House of Lords

Lord Alan Sugar has been urged to withdraw from Parliament as official figures revealed his dismal presence 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 multimillionaire also hasn’t made a spoken contribution to the Lords since October 2018, when he moaned about Brexit in a ‘People’s Vote’ debate, data shows.

He has not voted in the unelected House of Lords since October 2017, and according to statistics from the UK Parliament, he has never tabled written questions.

The billionaire famously ‘fires’ people on the hit BBC show The Apprentice, which has just returned to the screen, but the British public can’t remove him from office because he hasn’t been elected.

The apprentice star, 74, has made just 254 of the possible 1,778 House of Lords appearances in the past 13 years - an attendance rate of just 14 percent

The apprentice star, 74, has made just 254 of the possible 1,778 House of Lords appearances in the past 13 years – an attendance rate of just 14 percent

However, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “If the House of Lords is to remain a valuable review chamber, colleagues who contribute little to the work of the Senate should retire.”

The presence of Lord Sugar, the founder of Amstrad and the ex-chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, appears to have declined over the years since he was ennobled by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009.

Lord Sugar was initially a Labor colleague, but resigned from the party in 2015 due to the left-wing ‘policy shift’ under Jeremy Corbyn – and he now sits as a cross-bencher.

But his presence in the House of Lords has been in freefall since 2015, when he racked up a record 36 out of a maximum of 137, data shows.

Staggering numbers show that he attended 14 out of 151 opportunities in 2016, 19 out of 129 in 2017 and nine out of 155 in 2018.

The presence of Lord Sugar, the founder of Amstrad and the ex-chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, appears to have declined over the years since he was ennobled by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009

The presence of Lord Sugar, the founder of Amstrad and the ex-chairman of Tottenham Hotspur, appears to have declined over the years since he was ennobled by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009

In the Covid-affected years, he attended seven out of 140 occasions in 2019 and just two out of 162 outings last year.

The business magnate, whose net worth is estimated at £1.21 billion in The Sunday Times rich list, is also not registered as attending the chamber this year.

In July last year, the businessman caused controversy by accusing people who worked from home because of Covid-19 of being complacent.

He tweeted: “Boris says working from home is no longer necessary. So city people go back to the offices, let’s get the local economy going for shops, cafes that have suffered badly.

“Some people may have become complacent and like this new way of working. Well, those people will never work for me.’

He also called working from home a “craze,” according to reports last week.

Lord Sugar reportedly added: ‘I am old-fashioned. Working from home isn’t just a covid thing. It’s a fashionable thing that started pre-Covid when you had all these hot desks.

“I’m turning 75 soon and it doesn’t sit well with me.”

He also reportedly criticized British youth and the work culture at major tech companies in December.

The peer reportedly said, “Young people today tend to be IT literate and become programmers.

And companies like Google, Facebook or Twitter have this ‘come and go when you want’ idea and they have them sit on beanbags and wave elastic bands at each other, and this ‘come on when you want’ idea.

“I was always a five-day-a-week person and the weekend was always the weekend.

“I say get everything ready in five days and it shouldn’t get in the way of your family life. Work-life balance is a very sensitive subject for me.’

A House of Lords spokesman said: ‘We do not keep track of how many debates a Member has attended.

“These are home visits, so either joining a division or recorded by an employee on an attendance sheet in or around the room when the house is sitting.

‘With hybrid/virtual procedures, this can also be virtual.’

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