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TOMMY SHERIDAN COLUMN: WHAT'S THE POINT OF SCOTTISH MPS?

Byline: TOMMY SHERIDAN

SINCE devolution, Scotland's Westminster MPs have become known as the Missing Persons.

Their responsibilities have shrunk. So what about their pay?

No, that's not been cut in line with their diminishing role.

They rake in pounds 56,000 a year - even more than the lavish pounds 49,500 paid to MSPs.

Both our MPs and our MSPs are in the top four per cent of Scottish earners.

No wonder they sometimes appear to inhabit a different planet.

At least the SSP MSPs live on half their salary. That's still a comfortable wage - but it keeps us in touch with the millions of Scots who have to struggle to pay their bills every month.

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WESTMINSTER: Fat salaries for fat cats
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 3, 2003
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