Tory MP reveals ‘desperation’ living on £82k as he asks for pay rise

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Sir Peter Bottomley says: “I don’t know how they manage. It’s really serious.”

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Etern Tory Sir Peter Bottomley There has been talk of an MP’s “serious” struggle to live on a £81,932 salary.

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Sir Peter’s comment raised eyebrows that day universal credit Cuts have been made for the most vulnerable living in poverty.

The House of Commons father, 77, who represents Worthing West, said many of his colleagues were finding his position “extremely difficult”.

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He believes MPs should be paid the same amount as GPs – whose average salary in England is £100,700. The average UK salary is £31,461.

Sir Peter told new statesman: “I believe that being an MP can be the greatest honor you can have, but in politics a general practitioner should be paid the same amount as a general practitioner in medicine.

“Doctors are paid very little nowadays.

“But if they get around £100,000 a year, it would be £100-115,000 a year for an MP to get the same living – it’s never the right time, but if your MP isn’t worth the money Yes, it is better to change the MP than to change the money.

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Although Sir Peter – who has been in the Commons since 1975 and is its longest-serving MP – said he is not currently struggling financially, he believes the situation “desperate” for the new allies. Is.

He added: “I don’t know how they manage. It’s really serious.”

Sir Peter almost considered stepping down as an MP in 1982.

His wife Virginia gave up most of her paid job to run as a candidate on the Isle of Wight when they had two children.

He recalled: “MPs’ pay was low, and I wasn’t going to be either broken or crooked to go.”

Asked what kept him in the Commons, Sir Peter said: “I am still an MP because I am still alive and people vote for me.”

The removal of the £20-a-week Universal Credit raise has been widely opposed by charities, unions, think tanks and leaders from across the political spectrum.

The government has said that the uplift was always intended to be temporary, has helped contenders through the toughest phases of the pandemic and is right to focus on planning for their jobs.

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