Lichfield MP calls for independent review of pay and expenses for politicians

Michael Fabricant MP

Michael Fabricant MP

Michael Fabricant has called for an independent review of MP pay and expenses to restore public confidence in the politicians.

The Lichfield MP made his claim following a fiery edition of  Question Time which saw politicians jeered and heckled by the audience.

Mr Fabricant has already moved to reassure his own constituents regarding his own expenses claims, but he believes the reasons for the whole fiasco are clear. He explained:

“This whole expenses problem has arisen not only from the greed of some MPs but also from a decison made many years back to break the automatic link between MPs’ salaries and civil service pay grades. When that link was broken, the system of allowances (or expenses) was built up by the House of Commons behind closed doors to compensate and allowances were treated as a substitute for pay. That was wrong.

“We now need transparency and we need an independent review of both pay and expenses with very clear rules. Once that is resolved, no-one – especially not any Prime Minister – should then break it otherwise we will revert to this mess all over again. The alternative of not reviewing pay as well as expenses is that we end up with a Parliament where the only ones who can afford to be elected are either Conservatives or Lib-Dems with an independent private unearned income and Labour MPs in the personal pay of trade unions. That would be turning the clock back to the bad old days and that is not good for democracy either.”

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3 Comments

  1. Andrew

    15th May, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Some fair points there – but don’t worry about New Labour MPs being in the personal pay of the trade Unions as we are all Thatcherites now. Theres Plenty of funding from Tescos and Macdonalds to round.

  2. Colin

    16th May, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    First thing is sack (deselect) the worst 300 MP’s and not replace them.
    Then transfer part of the Olympic village to parliament .
    The accommodation should be kitted out and the MP’s fed to the same level as the lowest standard of any of our pensioners.
    Transport to/from these dumps to be by public transport.
    We have just given £100m to a body as an inducement (sorry that should be grant) for them to buy some – how many could we buy for that money!!

    Let me (the public) decide how many MP’s there should be , what expenses they should get and I will save England a lot of cash.

  3. captain tom

    17th May, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    nice collin!