Thursday, 6 Aug 2020

How much do sacked MPs get in ‘redundancy’? Will Dominic Grieve, Anna Soubry get pay out?

Labour is facing calls for the resignation of leader Jeremy Corbyn after the party only secured 203 seats on last night’s election. The Labour leader was re-elected in Islington with a huge majority overnight, but the party was not as lucky elsewhere in the country.

Dozens of MPs have been ousted after the Conservatives gained more than 50 seats off their rivals across the UK.

Big names included Caroline Flint and Dennis Skinner, making it the first time his seat has been out of Labour hands since 1950.

Following the result, Boris Johnson later told jubilant aides in Conservative HQ: “We must understand now what an earthquake we have created.

“The way in which we have changed the political map of this country.

“We have to grapple with the consequences of that, we have to change our own party, we have to rise to the level of events, we must, we just answer the challenge that the British people have given us.”

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What happens to MPs who lose their seats?

MPs who failed to get reelected don’t have long to get used to the idea of being unemployed.

They’ll have just days to clear out their belongings from Commons as their security pass is deactivated at precisely 11.59pm on December 19.

This means they won’t have access to the MPs’ areas of Parliament any more.

Before their passes expire, they are supposed to box up their belongings in their office, including computer equipment which is their personal property.

Any paper records there after the five days grace period is up will be destroyed.

MPs who have been provided with tablets will find the sim stops working after February 12. They will be expected to return the device for recycling.

How much do sacked MPs get in ‘redundancy’?

Their final payslip will arrive at their home address with a P45 soon after.

Former MPs who have been deselected do not receive a salary after the General Election.

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However, they will be paid up to – and including – election day.

However, they won’t go away from Westminster completely empty-handed.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority said the ex-MPs will get a Loss of Office payment, equal to twice their statutory redundancy entitlement – but only if they have been in office for at least two years.

This means, based on a 55-year-old MP who’s been in office for 18 years, this payment could be around £26,000.

They also receive a Winding-Up payment, based on the sum of two months’ salary after tax and National Insurance has been paid, which is about £9,105.

This is generally used to pay the cost of winding up their parliamentary business for up to two months after the electio and is largely used to pay staffing costs.

MPs can also claim residential accommodation rent, associated expenditure, or hotel accommodation.

This applies for up to a maximum of two months after polling day.

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