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Tory MP slammed for claiming MPs need pay rise as living on £81k can be ‘really grim’

06 Oct 2021 2 minutes Read
Sir Peter Bottomley. UK Parliament (CC 3.0)

A Tory MP has been slammed for claiming that MPs need a pay rise because living on £81k can be “really grim”.

Liz Saville Roberts, the Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, said the “crass” comments by Sir Peter Bottomley show how “out of touch the Westminster elite really are”.

In an interview with the New Statesman Bottomley suggested that MPs, who are paid £81,932 a year, should earn as much as GPs, whose average salary in England is £100,700, which would mean a pay rise of 22%.

The remarks by Sir Peter, who as the oldest MP in the Commons is ‘Father of the House’, come as the UK Government is slashing the £20 uplift to Universal Credit and amid a public sector pay freeze in the wake of the pandemic.

Bottomley told the New Statesman: “I take the view that being an MP is the greatest honour you could have, but a general practitioner in politics ought to be paid roughly the same as a general practitioner in medicine.”

‘Paid far too little’ 

“Doctors are paid far too little nowadays. But if they would get roughly £100,000 a year, the equivalent for an MP to get the same standard of living would be £110-£115,000 a year – it’s never the right time, but if your MP isn’t worth the money, it’s better to change the MP than to change the money.”

He claimed colleagues financial struggle on their salaries, he said: “I don’t know how they manage. It’s really grim.”

Liz Saville Roberts said: “On the day the UK Government cut the annual household budgets of 275,000 families in Wales by over £1000, this crass remark reveals just how out of touch the Westminster elite really are.

“Plaid Cymru has always argued that MPs should have no say whatsoever in how much they’re paid.”

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Elfed Jones
Elfed Jones
15 days ago

To comment would be frivolous ?

hdavies15
hdavies15
15 days ago
Reply to  Elfed Jones

Perhaps he could buzz off to some other job that will meet his expectations and feed his greed. No doubt he’s already lined up the usual mix of “advisor”, NED roles that don’t require much physical effort other than opening up his wide network of connections.

Ex Plaid member
Ex Plaid member
15 days ago

He needs a wife of a Russian business man as a donor. Will see him right.
Frivolous enough?

hdavies15
hdavies15
15 days ago

At his age any frivolity with the wife of a Russian business man would most likely prove terminal. Either his ticker or pecker would give out, or the Russian would issue a contract for termination with extreme prejudice, and good enough for him too.

Andrew
Andrew
15 days ago

Most of Westminster Elite are asleep at wheel and when they aren’t, their snouts are shoved firmly in the trough, sorting out their tax dodging, offshore bank accounts and hedge funds.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
15 days ago

We live in a sad and yes greedy UK. Wasn’t it just last year that the admirable New Zealand premier, Jacinda Ardern, and her ministers took a pay cut of 20% ? Through independence we can aim to make our country fairer too.

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
15 days ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

Jacinda Ardern is an amazing leader, isn’t she. I really admire her.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
15 days ago

Poor man. The indignity of it all. Must tough on such a slave wage. What a Tory plonker! 🥴

Hannergylch
Hannergylch
15 days ago

His present salary puts him in the top 5% of taxable incomes in the UK.

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
15 days ago

I really can’t understand why people still vote for the Tories.

Mark
Mark
15 days ago
Reply to  Mr Williams

They believe the BS pushed out by the media

Mark
Mark
15 days ago

I remember this lowlife scum from when he was transport minister in the 80’s, part of thatchers cabinet, tells you all you need to know about this clown.

Marc
Marc
15 days ago

I imagine his wife, Virginia Hilda Brunette Maxwell Bottomley, Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, has to shop in Iceland

Erisian
Erisian
15 days ago

First, they would have to be as qualified as GPs.
Then they would have to work as hard as GPs.
Then they would need to earn the same level of trust and respect enjpyed by the vast majority of GPs.
Then we’ll think about it

hdavies15
hdavies15
15 days ago
Reply to  Erisian

No chance of them being trusted at all. Summed up neatly in this comment from another site – “These politicians who are taking £20 a week from poor people get £25 a night food allowance when they stay outside of their constituencies for absolutely no reason. If we really can’t afford to feed poor people, why the hell are we feeding wealthy MPs?”

And this creep tells us he’s hard done by !

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