That may be a loss to politics, but I don’t think it says much about whether an MP’s salary is appropriate.We could never have afforded for my wife* to give up her middle grade accounting job (centrica, then L&G) to become an MP.
When made redundant by Centrica 15 years ago her package had been over £100k for several years). She moved in short order to a new company on a similar package.
Maybe no straight to politics graduates. One of the younger leading lights in the SPD here was recently told by a former senior cabinet member that if he really wants to represent the working class he ought to go and work in a firm for a few years.fewer lawyers and straight-to-politics graduates?
Yes, of course.
Why would having a 'shop worker', just because they are a shop worker, be better than anyone else?
Howard Stoate was a Labour MP who continued working one day a week in his GP practice. I crossed swords on a specific issue with him in my former employment but formed the impression he was dedicated, compassionate, thoughtful, and his ability to understand the world and his constituents was enhanced by his GP work. Labour then banned MPs from continuing other employment and he stood down as an MP. I considered that a very poor outcome.There was no suggestion shop workers in and of themselves have no special value. The actual words used suggested more shop workers and engineers and fewer people via the PPE>SPAD>safe seat route. More 'ordinary' people. You could equally well say carers, warehouse operatives etc.
One can identify at least two factors which have diluted the number of people from either blue collar - like Denis Skinner - or professional backgrounds.
One is the decline of the Trades Union movement and its influence in the Labour party.
The other is the move, entirely justified though it was, to the Commons working something closer to normal hours. Prior to that members could continue to practice in professions like the law or medicine. Lawyers on the Labour side included Sidney Silverman and Leo Abse. The Tories had, amongst others, Ken Clarke, Geoffrey Rippon and Patrick Ground. Rippon and Ground both practiced in Land, Planning etc and both appeared before the Lands Tribunal while I was working there in the eighties.
is fine. But if you were currently earning £125,000 or more, would it feel about the right level if you would not be able to carry on with your other job, and so potentially fall behind things like professional validation requirements, professional updates, currency in your job?It feels about the right level to me
NOT A PERSONAL DIG, but the level of £82k
is fine. But if you were currently earning £125,000 or more, would it feel about the right level if you would not be able to carry on with your other job, and so potentially fall behind things like professional validation requirements, professional updates, currency in your job?
Remember that after 5 years (or sooner) there may be an election and you could be back to the old job, but unable to practice and possibly 5 years out of date.