BORIS Johnson dismissed the SNP’s MPs as “these people” in a rowdy exchange about the House of Lords at Prime Minister’s Questions.

The Tory leader was answering a question from East Renfrewshire’s Kirsten Oswald about peers voting to give themselves an inflation busting 3.1% pay hike.

That now means that from April they’ll get paid £323 for each day they turn up.

A standard year can see 150 sitting days in the Lords, meaning that peers could now pocket nearly £50,000 without paying any tax or national insurance.

That’s on top of the expenses and allowances they get to cover costs.

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Speaking in the Commons, Oswald pointed out that the Lords were now getting more in a day than people relying on Universal Credit were receiving in a month.

She said: “The new daily allowance for the unelected and unaccountable peers being stuffed into the House of Lords by the Prime Minister is set to rise to £323. The monthly allowance for a single person over 25 on universal credit is £317.82. Is that the levelling up the Prime Minister keeps talking about?” As Tory MPs heckled the SNP politician, Johnson replied: “Actually, I hate agreeing with these people. Actually, I do find that it is odd that the House of Lords has chosen to do that but it is a decision for them.”

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Speaking after the session, Oswald said: “Boris Johnson’s remarks show up the dismissive and distasteful attitude at the heart of Downing Street.

“Unfortunately for the Tory leader, ‘these people’ won more than 80% of Scotland’s seats.

“With detached comments like that, and his clear inability to take any ownership of the situation, it’s little wonder the Tories lost more than half their seats in Scotland at the election.”

The question about the Lords came as former Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said she would give “serious consideration” to accepting a peerage and heading to the unelected House of Lords.

She is understood to be on a list of possible new Lords drawn up by Boris Johnson.

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The SNP said it would be a “reward for failure” and called for her to stand down.

Davidson, speaking to DC Thomson’s Stooshie podcast, said: “If this is offered I would have to give it serious consideration.”

She added: “It’s really flattering to be considered actually. The job that the House of Lords does is to scrutinise and revise legislation that’s already been drafted in the House of Commons so they need people that have legislative experience.

“It’s important that people from different legislatures bring their experiences to bear on it.”

The SNP’s said the Tory was being “rewarded for failure” and called on her to stand down as MSP.

Meanwhile earlier in PMQs, Jeremy Corbyn launched a stinging personal attack on Johnson, accusing him of racism.

His question came after the controversial deportation of ex-offenders to Jamaica.

The Labour leader asked why “someone who came to this country at the age of five, was the victim of county lines grooming and compelled to carry drugs, was released five years ago and has never reoffended deserves to be deported”.

The Prime Minister said that while he could not comment on individual cases, it was “entirely right that foreign national offenders should be deported from this country in accordance with the law.”

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Corbyn then brought up allegations of Johnson’s own drug use, and the time that the Prime Minister secretly discussed to helping a friend beat up a reporter: “If there was a case of a young white boy with blond hair who later dabbled in class A drugs, and conspired with a friend to beat up a journalist, would he deport that boy?

“Or is it one rule for black boys from the Caribbean and another for white boys from the United States?”

The Prime Minister, who admitted he tried cocaine, said Corbyn had demeaned himself by the tone of his questions and “besmirches the reputation of the Windrush generation who came to this country to work in our public services, to teach our children in this country”.

He later accused Corbyn of being “soft” on crime.