MP gives up £17,917 pay af­ter quit­ting as Tory whip

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

STAFFORD­SHIRE MP Christo­pher Pincher has given up a salary of £17,917 by quit­ting his job as a govern­ment whip af­ter news­pa­per claims.

That’s how much the Tam­worth MP (pic­tured) was paid an­nu­ally for his role as a govern­ment whip.

But he still keeps his £76,011 an­nual MP’s salary.

And some of the MPs ac­cused of wrong­do­ing haven’t paid any price at all – de­spite be­ing “sus­pended”.

Govern­ment Min­is­ters, Com­mons Com­mit­tee chairs and some se­nior op­po­si­tion MPs get an ad­di­tional salary on top of their pay as an MP.

A govern­ment whip is ac­tu­ally en­ti­tled to £19,523 a year, but along with other Min­is­ters they have vol­un­tar­ily turned down re­cent pay rises, which means Mr Pincher was re­ceiv­ing £17,917 for his whip’s job.

Mr Pincher be­came the lat­est Tory MP caught up in con­tro­versy when he stood down from the Whips’ Of­fice and re­ferred him­self to the party’s com­plaints pro­ce­dure and the po­lice, fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions over his be­hav­iour. The Mail on Sun­day re­ported that Mr Pincher had been ac­cused of mak­ing an un­wanted pass at for­mer Olympic rower and Con­ser­va­tive ac­tivist Alex Story. Mr Pincher told the news­pa­per: “If Mr Story has ever felt of­fended by any­thing I said then I can only apol­o­gise to him.” For­mer De­fence Sec­re­tary Michael Fal­lon has lost his £67,505 Cab­i­net Min­is­ter’s salary, af­ter re­sign­ing from the Govern­ment. Af­ter he quit, jour­nal­ist Jane Mer­rick re­vealed Mr Fal­lon once tried to kiss her af­ter they had lunch. How­ever, he will keep £76,011 salary for be­ing an MP. Other MPs haven’t lost any money de­spite be­ing sus­pended. Labour has sus­pended MP Kelvin Hop­kins, a close ally of Jeremy Cor­byn, as it in­ves­ti­gates al­le­ga­tions against him. It means he has had the whip with­drawn. In other words, he is no longer a mem­ber of the Labour group in the House of Com­mons. How­ever, he con­tin­ues as an MP, and the sus­pen­sion does not af­fect his salary. his

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