Regional Pay for MPs Will Not Be in Any Queen's Speech; 24TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2014 WESTERN MAIL DAVID WILLIAMSON COLUMNIST David.Williamson@walesonline.Co.UK AMSON David.Williamson@walesonline.Co.UK Imagine a House of Commons Where MPs Are Paid the Average Wage in Each of the Country's Constituencies. Such a Bold Move Would Expose the Scandal of Wild Divergences in Pay Inequality across the United Kingdom

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Regional Pay for MPs Will Not Be in Any Queen's Speech; 24TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2014 WESTERN MAIL DAVID WILLIAMSON COLUMNIST David.Williamson@walesonline.Co.UK AMSON David.Williamson@walesonline.Co.UK Imagine a House of Commons Where MPs Are Paid the Average Wage in Each of the Country's Constituencies. Such a Bold Move Would Expose the Scandal of Wild Divergences in Pay Inequality across the United Kingdom


HERE is a policy you will never see in a Queen's Speech: regional pay for MPs.

Sure, there are good reasons why the idea would be stamped in seconds if it ever surfaced. Would talented men and women with families to support leave their jobs and stand in a deprived seat if they would see their salary slashed? A new ugliness could come to politics if the sharpest candidates, motivated by personal gain, fought to win nominations in the most a uent seats.

But imagine for a moment that a prime minister seizes upon the notion in a t of populist fervour and commits his or her Government to a policy of MPs earning the average wage in their constituencies.

Today, the basic salary for an MP is PS67,060, while committee chairmen get PS81,124, Cabinet Ministers earn PS134,565 and the Prime Minister is paid PS142,500.

"ese are not salaries that would impress a Premiership footballer but are far above the earnings of most voters. Provisional gures for 2013 show median average gross pay across the UK was just PS21,905, and in Wales the gure was only PS19,851.

If MPs were paid the average wage in their constituencies, they would all take a pay cut.

Many Welsh MPs are undoubtedly frustrated that average earnings in the nation lag behind the norm for the UK, but would indignation get cranked up to boiling point if their pay was directly aected? Kensington Conservative MP Sir Malcolm Rifkind would have the highest wage in parliament (PS41,517) and Blackpool South Labour MP Gordon Marsden would have the lowest (PS15,402). Dwyfor Meirionnydd Plaid Cymru MP Elfyn Llwyd would have the second lowest in the UK (PS15,493).

"ese averages include pay for people in part-time as well full-time work. Given that many people want to secure a full-time job but cannot, it seems only fair to pay the at average for a constituency.

Median wage gures were not available for Blaenau Gwent, which traditionally suers from low pay, or Cardi Central, but it is likely Cardi North Conservative MP Jonathan Evans would enjoy the highest Welsh pay packet on PS25,005.

Wrexham Labour MP Ian Lucas would have the highest North Wales salary on PS21,135, followed by Delyn Labour MP David Hanson PS21,095. …

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