Nurses may not be striking at Frimley Park, The Royal Surrey or St Peter’s Hospital – but the anger among staff working is palpable.
Nurses in these hospitals didn’t take industrial because they didn’t meet the 50% turnout threshold required by law. Many nursing staff couldn’t bring themselves to vote at all. However, those who did vote voted overwhelmingly to strike.
Do our MPs pay for parking? No! – Nurses and NHS staff do!
The basic annual salary of a Member Of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons is £84,144 as of April 2022. In addition, MPs can claim allowances to cover the costs of running an office, employing staff, and maintaining a constituency residence or a residence in London.
MPs who commute to Parliament from outside London can claim expenses for having a second home, including their council tax bills.
Tory MP Laura Farris – who sits on the Standards Committee – even tried to claim an £85 “late payment fee” on expenses after she failed to pay her council tax on time. The claim was rejected by authorities, who told Farris she must pay the fee to Kensington and Chelsea council herself.
Special parking privileges for MPs at airports, including Heathrow and Gatwick, have now been scrapped.