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Second home allowances were in part designed to compensate for MPs being too embarrassed to vote themselves big pay rises. But this argument suggests that MPs are paid too little. In fact, international comparisons show that British MPs are doing relatively well.
Sure, there are better paid places to be a politician. Parliamentarians in Italy, Canada and the US do much better than their colleagues in the UK. According to the Senior Salaries Review Body’s analysis of international political pay (the table is reproduced below), Italians are paid about 67 per cent more than British MPs’ base salary of around £65,000 (and that was calculated before the collapse in the pound).