Gofundme was created for a Tory MP who described his annual pay of £82,000 as “very gloomy.”
A FUNDRAISER has been set up for a Tory MP whose £82,000-a-year pay has been described as “very awful.”
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for a Conservative MP who complained about his £82,000 pay in a media interview. The comments concerning MPs’ pay packets by Sir Peter Bottomley, the Conservative MP for Worthing West and the Father of the House of Commons, come amid a cost of living crisis.
Mr Bottomley branded MPs’ compensation packages as “very awful” in a media interview, despite their incomes placing them in the top 5% of earnings in the UK.
He also advocated for a pay raise for MPs, asking that their salaries be increased to almost £100,000 per year.
He adds that the wage situation for rookie MPs was “desperately challenging,” and that he “doesn’t know how they manage.”
Following his comments, a user by the name of Simon Harris created a GoFundMe campaign for Sir Peter.
By aiming to raise £20,000 to supplement the “struggling” MP’s earnings, the page demonstrates his sympathy for the MP.
“I am raising £20,000 for Tory MP Sir Peter Bottomley, who has boldly revealed that he is’struggling’ on the present MP’s pay of £80,000 per year,” the page description states.
“This amount will bring his pay in level with a GP, as he has pointed out in the media,” it continues to mock the MP.
“In my opinion, the £20 Universal Credit enhancement funding should be promptly channeled to MPs like Sir Peter who are manifestly in need, and when we hit the sum, I will even present him with a large novelty cheque.”
The page was only three days old when it was launched, and it has already raised £385 of its £20,000 goal.
Sir Peter’s interview with the New Statesman was published on the same day as the £20 Universal Credit increase was scrapped.
Sir Peter asked for the wage hike amid the news that was affecting the cost of living for people across the country, pointing out that members’ salaries do not cover expenses.
The MP proposed that taxpayer funds be utilized for items that the general public must pay for, such as food and transportation.
The notion that some of these people may be forced was also mentioned on the GoFundMe page, which reads: “Brinkwire Summary News.”