MP John Mann: “MPs complaining about expenses need to join the real world”

Bassetlaw MP John Mann has joined the debate over the tougher expenses system introduced following the major scandal over claims in 2008.

By Chantal Spittles
Monday, 3rd June 2013, 12:30 pm
John Mann is celebrating 10 years as an MP (w110610-3c)
John Mann is celebrating 10 years as an MP (w110610-3c)

Politicians are angry about the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) which they say is inefficient, expensive and too bureaucratic.

Speaking on the Sunday Politics show yesterday, Mr Mann said MPs need to stop complaining and ‘join the real world’.

“The idea that MPs can’t afford to live with the paid expenses of today is a nonsense,” he said

“Any MP who says that isn’t in the real world and doesn’t know what the rest of the country is going through, doesn’t know what life is like in Britain - clueless.”

We are relatively well paid compared to our constituents, we have an expenses system that is a bit bureaucratic but is fair and reasonable and allows us to do the job. Any MP who says they aren’t is telling the truth. “

For more on this story, see this week’s Worksop Guardian.

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