Conservative MP says living on £ 82,000 salary is ‘really bleak’

Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley said some MPs find it “really discouraging” to live on a £ 82,000 salary.

The Worthing West MP said the annual salary, which does not include expenses or benefits, should be higher.

The median salary in the UK is just over £ 31,000, according to the Office for National Statistics.

In an interview with the New statesman, Sir Peter insisted that MPs should be paid as much as GPs, around £ 100,000 on average in England.

An increase of £ 18,000 a year in MPs’ salaries would represent a salary increase of almost 22 per cent. The government this year offered NHS staff an increase of 3 percent.

Sir Peter said: “I believe that being a Member of Parliament is the highest honor you can have, but a general practitioner in politics should be paid roughly the same as a general practitioner in medicine.

“Today, doctors are paid very little. But if they were to get roughly £ 100,000 a year, the equivalent of a MP getting the same standard of living would be £ 110 to £ 115,000 a year.

“The time is never right, but if your PM is not worth the money, it is better to change the PM than to change the money.”

While Sir Peter said he had no financial problems, he believed the situation was “desperately difficult” for the new MPs.

He said, “I don’t know how they manage. It’s really bleak. “

His comments came as ministers went ahead with a Universal Credit cut that charities have warned will plunge thousands into poverty.

Sir Peter said he believed that the £ 20 benefit increase, paid to applicants during the Covid pandemic, should have been reduced rather than eliminated entirely as of October 6.

The 77-year-old deputy is the father of the House, as he is the current longest-serving member of the Commons.

Before becoming an MP and serving in Margaret Thatcher’s government, she drove a truck after graduating from Cambridge University. He joined the General and Transportation Workers Union and got into local politics.

He recalled considering resigning from Parliament during the 1982 interview due to financial stress.

His wife Virginia, with whom he had dependent children at the time, had given up paid work to run as a candidate on the Isle of Wight. She was elected to a different constituency in 1984 before becoming a Lifetime Fellow in 2005.

Sir Peter said: “The MPs’ pay was low, and I was not going to bankrupt or bankrupt myself to keep going.”

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