Talking Point: Do you think an £82k salary is enough for MPs?

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Veteran Tory Sir Peter Bottomley has come under fire for suggesting an MP’s £81,932 salary was not enough to comfortably live on.

Raising eyebrows on the day Universal Credit was cut, the MP, who represents Worthing West, said some of his colleagues found their financial situation “desperately difficult.”

“I don’t know how they manage. It’s really grim,” he said to 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.”

“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.”

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