In a few days we will be asked to vote and return 5 MEPs for the East Midlands. I wonder how many can name the 5 current members or even one of them?
How many people have ever seen one of them or one of the assistants they are supposed to have to help with such a large constituency.
According to the MEP job description the elected members are supposed to be in Brussels or other EU parliamentary location Mon – Thu to allow them to be in their constituency Friday to Sunday.
To carry out these duties they are handsomely rewarded as follows:
Daily Attendance allowance: £250/day
Office Expenses: £3471/month
Parliamentary assistance: £17409/month
Travel costs plus time and
Distance e.g. £25,000/annum
Personal travel allowance: £3482
In addition when they stand down or are defeated they receive a ‘golden handshake’ equivalent to 1 month’s pay per year served (minimum of £39,000 to maximum of £157,000)
Maybe now being aware of the remuneration these people receive we should vote in greater numbers to make those elected more accountable and start asking questions what do these people do for us to warrant such huge expenditure?
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