Former MPs wife tears into demands for higher Commons wages My heart bleeds for them…

Jeremy Vine: Caller is 'angry' that MPs are allowed second jobs

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Deirdre from Northumberland has slammed MPs for having second jobs, jokingly saying her heart “bleeds for them if they can’t live on £81,000 a year, poor souls”. Keir Starmer urged Boris Johnson to apologise to the country for his handling of the row over Owen Paterson, who was found to have broken lobbying rules. Deirdre hit out at the proposals and later admitted to Jeremy Vine she had some personal experience with such demands as her husband once served in the Commons.

Calling from Northumberland, Deirdre said: “I’m very angry this morning because those characters put their names forward from different parties and say ‘I would love to be elected, represent you in Parliament.’

“They know what the wages are, they know what the salary is.

“My heart bleeds for the poor souls- they can’t live on £81,000 a year.

READ MORE: Vine guest James Max shuts down Ash Sarkar over MPs need for second job ‘Pay is wrong!’ 

Jeremy Vine chipped in: “You wouldn’t let them have second jobs Dierdre, is that right?”

Dierdre said: “No-indeed not! You may have a second job, Jeremy.

“But most people in the country when they have a job and they get up and work in the morning.”

Mr Vine said: “I’m not elected.

“Would you let MPs be a lawyer?”

Dierdre said: “No.”

James Max chipped in: “If it’s that easy, and you’re that strong-minded about it. Why don’t you stand 

“Have you seen some of the people in there? Get in there!”

The caller said in response: “My husband was a Member of Parliament and I had enough of it and I’ve seen what goes on.

“He was a Member of Parliament for over 30 years.

“But you know, there’s not enough of working-class people in Parliament at this moment in time.

“That’s the problem we’ve got as well. They’d be happy with £81,000 a year and the expenses that go with it.”

She added: “You know, they don’t need to get a blanket and sit on outside of Kings Cross.”

Deirdre later confirmed her husband is Ronnie Campbell, who served as Labour MP for Blyth Valley from 1987 until 2019.

Mr Campbell worked a mined until 1986 and led picket lines during the strikes before quitting the role upon election.

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