Labour MP urges Maria Miller to reject severance pay

Labour MP John Mann

Labour MP John Mann

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A LABOUR MP, whose complaint led to an investigation into Basingstoke MP Maria Miller’s expenses, has called for the former Culture Secretary to reject a severance pay package.

As reported on The Gazette website, Mrs Miller resigned from her position as Culture Secretary, this morning following the public row over her public expenses.

In a letter of resignation to Prime Minister David Cameron, the MP said the controversy “has become a distraction from the vital work this Government is doing”.

But under Parliamentary rules, Mrs Miller is entitled to a lump sum of almost £17,000 that is worth three months of her £68,000 ministerial salary, which is in addition to her Parliamentary salary, and by law but can opt to not take it.

John Mann said: “In February, I tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament calling for Ministers’ severance packages to be scrapped. It is a ridiculous and outdated practice to pay off Ministers when they return to the backbenches.”

He added: “In light of Maria Miller’s conduct, it would now be inappropriate for her to claim severance pay following her resignation. For her to accept a pay-off would be a further insult to the tax payer.”

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6:12pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Hoggie60 says...

This gets more surreal, now she is entitled to a £17,000.00 severance pay !!! U have got to be having a laugh.

If there is any decency in Parliament at all, she will decline this money and or donate it to deserving causes in her constituency; like those on low wages or in financial difficulties.

I'm not holding my breath though.
This gets more surreal, now she is entitled to a £17,000.00 severance pay !!! U have got to be having a laugh. If there is any decency in Parliament at all, she will decline this money and or donate it to deserving causes in her constituency; like those on low wages or in financial difficulties. I'm not holding my breath though. Hoggie60
  • Score: 6

6:24pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Ladybird24 says...

I also find it totally unbelievable that she is entitled to £17,000 severance pay. As well as donating this amount as suggested above, perhaps she could donate the £45,000 that she owes to some needy charity. However this is Maria Miller we are talking about and I guess she will keep the money for herself !!!
I also find it totally unbelievable that she is entitled to £17,000 severance pay. As well as donating this amount as suggested above, perhaps she could donate the £45,000 that she owes to some needy charity. However this is Maria Miller we are talking about and I guess she will keep the money for herself !!! Ladybird24
  • Score: 2

6:32pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Ambivalent says...

I agree totally, and it illustrates how we aren't 'all in it together'.
Just her severance pay would pay a low paid working under occupier's bedroom tax (or spare room surcharge) for the next 15 years.
Her severance pay is more than many in Basingstoke, hard working people, could earn in a year.
I wish someone would pay me thousands for failing at my job, or reward me for taking advantage of others.
I agree with your second point as well, don't hold your breath.
Seriously though, if Maria Miller did something with that money for the local community, I think people would warm to her a little more .... or maybe less disgusted!!
I agree totally, and it illustrates how we aren't 'all in it together'. Just her severance pay would pay a low paid working under occupier's bedroom tax (or spare room surcharge) for the next 15 years. Her severance pay is more than many in Basingstoke, hard working people, could earn in a year. I wish someone would pay me thousands for failing at my job, or reward me for taking advantage of others. I agree with your second point as well, don't hold your breath. Seriously though, if Maria Miller did something with that money for the local community, I think people would warm to her a little more .... or maybe less disgusted!! Ambivalent
  • Score: 4

6:51pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Bill_Miller says...

So now she says she will give OUR £17,000 to HER favourite charity. Why?

She still hasn't got it, nowhere near.
So now she says she will give OUR £17,000 to HER favourite charity. Why? She still hasn't got it, nowhere near. Bill_Miller
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