Michelle Mone brands SNP MP a ‘moron’ in Twitter row
Scottish entrepreneur Michelle Mone launches tirade at Glasgow South MP Stewart McDonald on twitter
House of Lords - PA
Conservative peer Michelle Mone has branded an SNP MP a "moron" after he rubbished her voting record in the House of Lords.
Glasgow South MP Stewart MacDonald accused bra tycoon Baroness Mone of only voting twice since being made a peer by David Cameron in 2015.
Responding to a tweet in which she boasted of the success of her jewellery line, MacDonald wrote "how thrilling" before implying that she was not committed to her role as a peer.
Mone had tweeted: “Its official..I am now the No1 best selling designer jewellery brand on QVC! Launching my 25th collection live today 12pm & 7pm on QVC. Lots of pink diamonds.”
MacDonald said: "Since becoming a Baroness and legislator - for which she is entitled to £300 per day - Ms Mone has submitted no questions to the government and taken part in only two votes. Still, she's sold some jewellery."
But the Scottish entrepreneur - who made her fortune by setting up the Ultimo underwear range in 1999 - hit back by insisting she had voted 78 times since entering the Lords.
Baroness Mone has spoken twice in the upper chamber since then Prime Minister Mr Cameron awarded her a peerage in August 2015, but has not submitted any written questions.
She added: “My £300 allowance goes to charity, what do you do with your £316 per day? Now off you trot & get on with your day job.”
MacDonald went on: "I seem to have touched a nerve here. Your record as a Baroness is woefully poor. One debate in the past year, no parliamentary questions since entering and missed 64% of votes. Giving money to charity doesn't erase that poor record."
Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles added: “Michelle Mone is another Scottish Conservative who has gone to Westminster and done absolutely nothing.”
A spokesperson for Baroness Mone insisted in a statement that she was “fully committed” to her role as a peer.
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