A GoFundMe fundraiser has been launched for a Tory MP who said MPs need a pay rise because it can be “really ugly” to live on an annual salary of more than £ 80,000.
Sir Peter Bottomley, who as the Commons’ oldest MP is’ Father of the House ‘, made the eye-popping comments in an interview with the New Statesman, as well as the government reducing the much-needed £ 20 lift to Universal Credit.
He argued that MPs paid around £ 81,932 should earn as much as GPs, whose average salary in the UK is £ 100,700 – meaning a 22% pay rise.
Sir Peter said it was “desperately difficult” to be a Member of Parliament for some Members of Parliament. In response, the heavy-in-the-cheek fundraiser was set up to help “fight Sir Peter Bottomley!”
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Proceeds go to The Trussell Trust, a charity working to end the need for food banks in the UK, not to Worthing West, the West Sussex representative.
The fundraising notes said: “Given that Sir Peter Bottomley yesterday made the strong revelation yesterday that he finds it incredibly difficult to live on his MP’s salary of £ 82,000 a year, I have decided to try to raise some money, so he and others who so need financial support to feed themselves and their families do not starve.
“My heart bled honestly for him when I heard about him and his colleagues’ struggles, the same day they implemented a £ 20 cut on Universal Credit that affected hundreds of thousands of families across the UK.”
It continued: “I am sure that with the struggles these Members are experiencing, they must rely heavily on The Trussell Trust and the other charities that offer similar services to those facing difficulties.
“We should take it as an absolute blessing that these food banks exist under the government of a well-developed country which, because of their careful and diligent spending throughout Covid and Brexit, has made these services more necessary and critical than ever.”
So far, the site has raised a rather modest £ 687.
The government has faced ongoing criticism for its decision to push ahead with the Universal Credit cut as it comes, just as fuel bills will rise dramatically for millions.
Labor and Retirement Secretary Therese Coffey, was also arrested for singing ‘The Time Of My Life’ on karaoke at a conference party, just as the Tories were preparing to cut UC.