What planet do our MPs live on?

York Press: . .

I SEE... So while the current Government decrees that nought to one per cent pay increases in the public sector is the norm (possibly less in the private sector) for this Parliament and the next, MPs are to get a pay rise of 11 per cent from 2015.

Just which planet do our MPs live on? Can each MP within the scope of the circulation area of The Press say whether, if reelected to Parliament in 2015, they will accept this rise, or not. Failure to respond via The Press, in my mind, equals yes.

Neil Raw, Oriel Grove, Clifton Without, York.

 

• THE inflation-busting pay increase for MPs may have been formulated by an independent body, but none of the 650 members of the House of Commons are forced to accept it. They could decline the increase or donate it to charity.

I would like our MPs Hugh Bayley and Julian Sturdy, together with all known Parliamentary candidates for 2015, to publicly state their intentions with respect to this increase if they are fortunate enough to be elected. Will they take it or will they show restraint? We need to know before using the ballot box because we are all supposed to be “in it together”.

Matthew Laverack, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York.

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11:12am Tue 10 Dec 13

The Great Buda says...

For once I find mself siding with Mr Laverack, 11% is a shockingly bad joke for these times.
For once I find mself siding with Mr Laverack, 11% is a shockingly bad joke for these times. The Great Buda

11:21am Tue 10 Dec 13

Just zis guy, you know? says...

There's no doubt in my mind that Bayley will pull his snout from the trough long enough to come out in favour of the rise ..
There's no doubt in my mind that Bayley will pull his snout from the trough long enough to come out in favour of the rise .. Just zis guy, you know?

11:40am Tue 10 Dec 13

Jonthan says...

Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton and Hove, said ”Accepting a pay rise of 11%, particularly at a time when so many of our constituents are struggling to make ends meet, would be absolutely wrong."

I wonder if this will encourage Matthew Laverack to vote Green next time.
Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton and Hove, said ”Accepting a pay rise of 11%, particularly at a time when so many of our constituents are struggling to make ends meet, would be absolutely wrong." I wonder if this will encourage Matthew Laverack to vote Green next time. Jonthan

10:11pm Tue 10 Dec 13

akaroa says...

Bayley already claims maximum expenses for all his activities, Together with his salary and personal expenses, plus office running costs etc.they run into the hundreds of thousands He makes a small fortune for opening cafes, visiting schools , old folks homes etc. For this man to refuse a pay increase would be a miracle,
Bayley already claims maximum expenses for all his activities, Together with his salary and personal expenses, plus office running costs etc.they run into the hundreds of thousands He makes a small fortune for opening cafes, visiting schools , old folks homes etc. For this man to refuse a pay increase would be a miracle, akaroa

1:46am Wed 11 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

Perhaps this is a test of MP's morality by some undercover squad - any MP's that accept the payrise and make no mention of donating the difference to charity and/or local causes being seized by the squad and fired as an MP for having absolutely no morality.

Well, that's the only possible understandable reason I could come up with for such an astronomical self-proclaimed financial pat on the back. The only other reason I came up with is that whoever is in charge of generating the wages rise has absolutely no idea about the real work, has no morals, and is generally despicable.
Perhaps this is a test of MP's morality by some undercover squad - any MP's that accept the payrise and make no mention of donating the difference to charity and/or local causes being seized by the squad and fired as an MP for having absolutely no morality. Well, that's the only possible understandable reason I could come up with for such an astronomical self-proclaimed financial pat on the back. The only other reason I came up with is that whoever is in charge of generating the wages rise has absolutely no idea about the real work, has no morals, and is generally despicable. Magicman!

8:29am Wed 11 Dec 13

perplexed says...

akaroa wrote:
Bayley already claims maximum expenses for all his activities, Together with his salary and personal expenses, plus office running costs etc.they run into the hundreds of thousands He makes a small fortune for opening cafes, visiting schools , old folks homes etc. For this man to refuse a pay increase would be a miracle,
According to the Press, York Central MP Hugh Bayley claimed £32,273.45, on his 2012/13 expenses while his York Central counterpart Julian Sturdy claimed a total of £47,320.94. Fellow conservative for Selby and Ainsty Nigel Adams claimed £50,187.87 expenses!

Perhaps akaroa would care to show us his evidence for such serious claims?
[quote][p][bold]akaroa[/bold] wrote: Bayley already claims maximum expenses for all his activities, Together with his salary and personal expenses, plus office running costs etc.they run into the hundreds of thousands He makes a small fortune for opening cafes, visiting schools , old folks homes etc. For this man to refuse a pay increase would be a miracle,[/p][/quote]According to the Press, York Central MP Hugh Bayley claimed £32,273.45, on his 2012/13 expenses while his York Central counterpart Julian Sturdy claimed a total of £47,320.94. Fellow conservative for Selby and Ainsty Nigel Adams claimed £50,187.87 expenses! Perhaps akaroa would care to show us his evidence for such serious claims? perplexed

8:04pm Wed 11 Dec 13

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

perplexed wrote:
akaroa wrote:
Bayley already claims maximum expenses for all his activities, Together with his salary and personal expenses, plus office running costs etc.they run into the hundreds of thousands He makes a small fortune for opening cafes, visiting schools , old folks homes etc. For this man to refuse a pay increase would be a miracle,
According to the Press, York Central MP Hugh Bayley claimed £32,273.45, on his 2012/13 expenses while his York Central counterpart Julian Sturdy claimed a total of £47,320.94. Fellow conservative for Selby and Ainsty Nigel Adams claimed £50,187.87 expenses!

Perhaps akaroa would care to show us his evidence for such serious claims?
£130.000. for 3 MP's expenses in just one year. UNBELIEVABLE.
It's like the story of the 3 little piggies, except this time they were to busy feeding from the trough of public money to notice their houses being blown down.
[quote][p][bold]perplexed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]akaroa[/bold] wrote: Bayley already claims maximum expenses for all his activities, Together with his salary and personal expenses, plus office running costs etc.they run into the hundreds of thousands He makes a small fortune for opening cafes, visiting schools , old folks homes etc. For this man to refuse a pay increase would be a miracle,[/p][/quote]According to the Press, York Central MP Hugh Bayley claimed £32,273.45, on his 2012/13 expenses while his York Central counterpart Julian Sturdy claimed a total of £47,320.94. Fellow conservative for Selby and Ainsty Nigel Adams claimed £50,187.87 expenses! Perhaps akaroa would care to show us his evidence for such serious claims?[/p][/quote]£130.000. for 3 MP's expenses in just one year. UNBELIEVABLE. It's like the story of the 3 little piggies, except this time they were to busy feeding from the trough of public money to notice their houses being blown down. NoNewsIsGoodNews

11:21pm Wed 11 Dec 13

akaroa says...

After the expenses debacle of 2009, I lost all faith in MPs. For that year, Bayley claimed £163,619, expenses, plus stipend of £64,766.total of £228,385 to the tax payer. He claimed from 2003 to 2009 over £100,00 second home allowance on his London home and switching to his York home. His London home is valued at well over £1,000,000, He claims all he can every year from the tax payer, has done ever since he became an MP He has done very well for himself since he became an MP, he is now worth millions.
After the expenses debacle of 2009, I lost all faith in MPs. For that year, Bayley claimed £163,619, expenses, plus stipend of £64,766.total of £228,385 to the tax payer. He claimed from 2003 to 2009 over £100,00 second home allowance on his London home and switching to his York home. His London home is valued at well over £1,000,000, He claims all he can every year from the tax payer, has done ever since he became an MP He has done very well for himself since he became an MP, he is now worth millions. akaroa

1:20am Thu 12 Dec 13

akaroa says...

From 2003 to 2009 Bayley claimed £100,000 second home allowance on his London/York homes, plus many, many more thousands of pounds. His total expenses no doubt have risen since that date. These people have completely lost touch with the reality of the job that they are elected to do . In these present times of hardship, an 11% rise is scandalous. Utterly disgusting.
From 2003 to 2009 Bayley claimed £100,000 second home allowance on his London/York homes, plus many, many more thousands of pounds. His total expenses no doubt have risen since that date. These people have completely lost touch with the reality of the job that they are elected to do . In these present times of hardship, an 11% rise is scandalous. Utterly disgusting. akaroa

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