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MPs to get 1.8% pay rise - to £77,379

On 1 Mar 2018 at 3:08pm the people wrote:
Cannot be justified on any level by any party. And this figure is only part of their package. What are our leaders saying to the majority of the public.......
On 1 Mar 2018 at 3:14pm Mavis wrote:
No wonder they are a cr@p bunch ! But still at that salary they won't believe their luck !!
On 1 Mar 2018 at 3:44pm Local drinker wrote:
And what is your Point? This is not an enormous salary for the responsibility and hours that a good MP works, not to mention the expenses that they cannot claim. (Half my friends kids, who all work in the city, marketing, and law all earn considerably more than £77,000.). So MPs who take the piss are regularly shamed on social media for their expenses, second houses and second jobs. Most are hardworking socially responsible people. If anyone thinks itís such a cushy number, how about standing for the local council, then the County Council etc. etc. and eventually get selected and then, if you are very, very lucky, elected. Then be prepared to see little of your family and be regularly shouted at. No thanks and especially not for only £77,000a year. Most professional footballers make this in a week ....
On 1 Mar 2018 at 5:22pm Clifford wrote:
Local drinker wrote: 'And what is your Point? This is not an enormous salary for the responsibility and hours that a good MP works...'

Most backbenchers are simly lobby fodder, trooping through the lobbies as ordered. Most of the useful social work type activity dealing with constituents' problems is carried out by their paid (or in the case of interns, unpaid) staff. Any MPs who become ministers are paid more than the basic backbencher pay.
On 1 Mar 2018 at 7:25pm Tax payer wrote:
Iím less angry about the amount they get paid than about the 1.8% increase. Public sector pay has been capped at 1% for years now unless youíre a politician. Morally wrong.
On 2 Mar 2018 at 8:33am Local drinker wrote:
yes Tax Payer Iíll respect your comment about the above average pay rise, but not the nonsense about the average MP. I see no one is willing to take up the challenge of becoming an MP if itís such a cushy, well paid job?
On 4 Mar 2018 at 2:44pm bored wrote:
I don't want my job to be to deliberately mislead the public (locals if you happen to live near your constituency) in the name of my party. Or to argue like a child with members of the opposition. It's a cross between tribal warfare and a football match. Make no mistake, you have to join in too or become irrelevant.

Maybe if we had political parties whose main aim wasn't to keep getting themselves elected people would stand for MP? Switch to proportional representation and people who are willing to not simply toe a line for their party may try. Getting across the threshold number of votes for MPs as an independent or small party is incredibly difficult at present.
On 6 Mar 2018 at 11:48am ratty wrote:
Quite a low wage for helping to run the country in my opinion. If you only want people with a private income as MPs, then fine, but I'd personally like the job to be open to everyone. It's a lot less than most equivalent jobs, especially in the private sector.

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