MPs are being pampered with cheaper steak dinners and roasted guinea-foul.


MPs are pampered, with steak dinners and roasted guinea fowl being served at lower prices than ever before.

Politicians are eating cheaper than ever at the House of Commons restaurant, thanks to a £9.1 million subsidy from taxpayers last year.

MPs are getting increasingly cheap steak dinners, while foodbank usage is at an all-time high.

The House of Commons restaurant, which serves oven-roasted guinea fowl, seared tuna steak, and Earl Grey smoked tofu, received a £9.1 million subsidy from taxpayers in the previous year.

Figures show that the cost of plush lunches for MPs is decreasing year after year, while the amount the public pays to keep the restaurant open is steadily increasing.

A chargrilled rib-eye steak with roasted shallots, mushrooms, grilled tomato, and French fries served with your choice of hollandaise, béarnaise, or green pepper sauce cost an MP just £11.26 this calendar year.

The same dish would have cost £12.87 in both 2020 and 2019.

A pizza has dropped in price by more than a pound since last year, allowing MPs on a basic salary of £81,932 to save money while the taxpayer foots the bill for the highest amount of subsidy in history.

The taxpayer contributed £4.6 million to catering services in 2019-20, compared to £2.6 million in 2018-19.

MPs’ salaries are falling at a time when the UK food industry is warning of a “terrifying” rise in costs due to worker shortages and supply chain problems.

Food chiefs warned MPs last week that they needed to “seriously think about inflation” and its consequences.

“In hospitality, inflation is running between 14 and 18 percent, which is terrifying,” said Ian Wright, CEO of the Food and Drink Federation.

“Inflation is a bigger scourge than almost anything else because it discriminates against the poor,” says the prime minister.

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In stark contrast to the rest of the country, MPs get heavily discounted meals.

After a record number of emergency food parcels were given to families this year, the Trussell Trust, the UK’s leading food bank charity, urged the government to look beyond its own walls.

“No one should have to face the humiliation of needing emergency food,” said Emma Revie, the charity’s chief.

Restaurant sales were hit by the lockdown, according to a spokesman for the House of Commons.


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