Should politicians be paid as much as doctors?
Sir Peter Bottomley has announced his wish for politicians to receive a pay rise after expressing how difficult it is to live on just under £82,000 a year.
The Tory MP is currently the longest-serving member of the House of Commons and holds the title of ‘Father of the House’.
He told The New Statesman: “A general practitioner in politics ought to be paid roughly the same as a general practitioner in medicine.”
The average wage for a politician currently stands at £81,932, whereas a GP’s salary is at £100,700 a year.
Peter admitted that “Doctors are paid far too little nowadays, but if they would get roughly £100,000 a year, the equivalent for an MP to get the same standard of living would be £110-£115,000 a year.”
Bottomley revealed that he no longer suffers financially, but believes his newer colleagues are struggling through a “desperately difficult” situation.
He said: “It’s really grim.”
According to the Office of National Statistics, the average UK wage stands at just over £31,000 a year, far beneath the wages MPs receive.
Peter’s announcement comes just after the £20 cut that those on Universal Credit are facing.
With regard to the cut, Peter explained to The New Statesman that the current crisis should not last longer than six months.
He added that he and his wife “have worked with poor and troubled people with an intensity that most people have not”.
He labelled the situation as “bad, but […] not disastrous.”
He continued: “It would’ve been better to have tapered it off in two goes, down from £20 to £10, and then from £10.”
He went on to say that the new fund for vulnerable households over winter should have been revealed earlier than “a week before the change”.
However, Peter’s words were not well-received by the public.
Some have responded to the situation by post tiny violin emojis.
(Photo: Sir Peter Bottomley)