Monday, 23 February 2015

MPs are living in a different world - I pledge to stay on a teacher's wage

Once again, the news is filled tonight with stories about how MPs 'earn' their money. Malcolm Rifkind reportedly told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that it was "quite unrealistic" to think MPs could live on £60,000 a year without looking for extra income! In contrast, I (like many other TUSC candidates) have pledged that, if elected as MP, I would continue to take only my existing classroom teacher's take-home pay, donating my extra salary towards building trade union, socialist and community campaigns.

Unlike those mainstream MPs, I also pledge to lead campaigns to fight cuts, not vote for them! I and other TUSC supporters spoke at a Lobby of Bromley Council tonight to oppose the cuts being put forward by the Tory councillors.

Of course, as I explained in my speech, on Wednesday I will also be joining trade unionists lobbying against cuts in Lewisham too - this time from a Labour Council. 

According to an article on the Guardian website, Lewisham 'tops' the list of the biggest-cutting London boroughs:

A video of part of my speech can be seen from the link below:

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