Yesterday MPs voted by 290 to 191 to give themselves an extra Â£10K allowance to tell their consituents how great they are from 1st April next year. For the full list of shame follow the link. As I pointed out on Tuesday this will mean that 10 people have to work a full week at the minimum wage to pay for this little boondongle for each MP. Multiply this by 646 for the number of MPs and you get 6,460 souls giving up 18% of their minimum wage to pay for this exercise. Labour rebel Chris Mullin said in the debate:
There is no demand from them [constituents] to receive glossy brochures through the post that contain 10, 16 or 20 photographs of their MP behaving like a fairy godmother. That is vanity publishing, and it should not be funded out of the public purse.
Quite. Mullin was one of the few Labour and LibDem MPs that voted against this measure.
The list of shame includes all three of our three local Labour MPs – Khabra, Pound and Slaughter. Whipped men one and all.