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Today’s talking point

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THE average cost of an MP to taxpayers increased by 29 per cent over the pandemic, from £157,747 in 2019-20 to £203,880 in 2020-21, the TaxPayers’ Alliance has found from figures released by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA). 

The figure does not include an MP’s salary of nearly £82,000, but is made up of other costs. IPSA does not detail these costs, but for much of 2020-21 members were not obliged to be at Westminster and participated remotely. As a result travel and subsistence costs were down.

The most expensive MP in 2020-21 was Darren Henry, Conservative member for Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire, with a total cost of £280,936. The least expensive was Philip Hollobone, the Conservative member for Kettering, at £80,709.

Are any of them worth it?

Feel free to discuss this or anything else on your mind. 

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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