Pensions minister Baroness Ros Altmann has been expelled from Labour after it was discovered she was a party member while holding her post in the Conservative Government, the Huffington Post UK reports.
The website quotes a Labour source saying Altmann “has been a fully paid-up member since March 2014 – until we expelled her today”.
Altmann was appointed pensions minister by Prime Minister David Cameron following his election victory in May, meaning she has spent four months as a Conservative Government minister while simultaneously being a member of the opposition.
Hargreaves Lansdown head of pensions research Tom McPhail has played down the significance of the revelation.
He says: “It was already widely known that Ros had advised the Blair government on pensions policy. She had also been a close ally of the Liberal Democrat pensions minister Steve Webb.
“Ros was brought into the current Government because she has very considerable expertise in pensions and because she has been an effective campaigner for justice on pension related issues. Her political sympathies are less important than whether she can perform a good job as the pensions minister.”
The Department for Work and Pensions was unavailable for comment.