No rise for MPs

9th February 1996 at 00:00
In the same week that we learn that teachers are unlikely to receive a real pay rise, some MPs are calling for their salaries to be doubled, "to attract the right calibre of candidate".

I would like to know what evidence exists that shows that the calibre of applicants is falling and which current Members of Parliament could be cited to support this claim. Bearing in mind the "delights of the work", that some short-lists have more than 200 applicants, and that some former Cabinet ministers hawk their candidature around the country, and the surfeit of choice at by-elections, there is surely no need or justification to pay MPs any more.

A A MILLS 24 Valley Gardens Eaglescliffe, Cleveland.

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