Lord Young, a former leader of the postal workers, attempted to participate in a debate about genetically modified organisms, but was rebuffed by a furious Tory whip
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Un Tory furiously scolded a Labour peer for being ‘fast asleep’In a House of Lords discussion.
Lord Young of Norwood Green arose shortly after 10pm to address the crowd in the catchy-titled Genetically Modified Organisms – Deliberate Release (Amendment). (England). Regulations 2022
The Tory whip prevented the 79-year old from participating in the event. He claimed that he had been snoozing earlier and was then woken up by a member staff of Lords.
The former postal workers’ union leader protested he was “not now” asleep. Hansard says he protested. “I was not…”.
This is not the first instance of someone being accused of falling asleep in Parliament. However, some of those who were previously accused claimed they were awake.
For example, MPs with hearing impairments have been seen listening in on speakers embedded in seats while closing their eyes to concentrate.
It is very rare that a Parliament member directly accuses another person of snoozing on their job.
Lord Young spoke as he stood up to address the debate. “I wanted to take part in this debate because I stake my position as somebody who is a Remainer.
“But if there’s two things that I welcome in coming out of the Common Market, one is the CAP and this particular gene editing…”
The government whip Baroness Bloomfield from Hinton Waldrist intervened in order to say: “I am sorry, but the noble lord was fast asleep for the entire duration of the minister’s speech.
“He should not be participating in this debate, having failed to use the opportunity to hear him.”
Lord Young, a former union boss, has also served as a BBC Governor. “Sorry?”
Lady Bloomfield said: “I am afraid the noble lord was fast asleep for the entirety of the minister’s opening speech.”
Lord Young replied, “He was.” “not now”Lady Bloomfield said it: “Well I had to send a note to you – in order to wake you up – by the doorkeeper.”
The Draft Genetically Modified Organisms – Deliberate Release (Amendment) (England Regulations 2022) was discussed by peers. This would allow the UK, as a country, to deviate form EU law on genetic modification.
These regulations will allow for greater freedom in gene editing of plants in the UK.
Lord Benyon, Environment Minister, stated that the regulations would allow the UK. “remain at the forefront”Research into GM crops.