How many MPs really stuck to their pay rise charity pledge?

[Image: The Sun (and I never thought I’d be typing that into a Vox Political caption!)]

Pro-SNP commenters to Vox Political have queried the claim that only 26 out of the UK’s 650 MPs have donated their £7,000 pay rise to charity, after 69 promised to do so.

They have claimed that all 56 SNP MPs have handed over the difference between MPs’ pay before the pay rise and the current rate to charity.

So let’s try to straighten the record. The report in The Sun states the following:

According to campaign website Donate My Pay Rise, 20 Tories, 30 Labour members, three Lib Dems, 15 from the SNP and one Green had all pledged to help good causes.

But only 25 confirmed to us they had donated or were currently preparing to do so.

However, one MP who had not made the pledge, confirmed he had donated his pay rise.

Dozens on both sides of the House refused to say if they had given it away or pocketed it themselves.

Not a single SNP MP who publicly pledged to donate the money to worthy local causes responded to questions from The Sun.

Source: MPs go back on pay rise charity pledge | The Sun |News|Politics

Now, it’s possible that the SNP’s Westminster contingent have refused to discuss the matter with The Sun on principle, as it is a right-wing, Tory-loving excuse for a newspaper that wasn’t worth wrapping around your chips when you were still allowed to do that.

But the fact that only 15 SNP MPs appear to have made the pledge, according to the campaigning site Donate My Pay Rise, plays very poorly for the Party.

News reports do state that the Party’s leadership ordered SNP MPs to donate the pay increase to charity. But Donate My Pay Rise, which quotes Angus Robertson from the article to which I’ve linked, only attributes the comment to him personally and not the Parliamentary Party as a whole. It is, in fairness, a comment that could be interpreted either way.

For the sake of fairness, This Blog will have to side with the evidence available. For now, that means The Sun and Donate My Pay Rise.


If all 56 SNP MPs really have passed this money on to charity, perhaps the best way to demonstrate this is to contact Donate My Pay Rise, explain that Mr Robertson’s comment extended to the entire Parliamentary Party, and provide proof that the money has indeed been passed to charity at some point prior to the publication of the Sun article on October 31.

That seems the most reasonable solution to this question.

However (again): Even with all 56 SNP MPs contributing their shares of the pay rise to charity, that makes a total of just 81 MPs contributing out of 650, leaving a “silent majority” (Tory Tobias Ellwood’s words, not mine) of 569 pocketing the cash.

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5 thoughts on “How many MPs really stuck to their pay rise charity pledge?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Considering you’re calling her a Red Tory, are you saying you disbelieve her?
      If not, why are you calling her a Red Tory when she has rejected a pay rise instigated under the Tories?

      1. farmersboy

        I once asked her to support a homeless charity as I’ve been homeless and she sent me a sh**ty email basically saying if you care so much why don’t you go and volunteer for them on Christmas day. And she abstained on the welfare bill which is my measuring stick, and she, allegedly, turned down a place in Corbyns shadow cabinet. I think I just don’t like her…

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        In fairness, much of the Parliamentary Labour Party were whipped to abstain on that reading of the Welfare Bill, due to a stupid decision by interim leader Harriet Harman.

  1. AndyH

    I’m pleased to see Neil Coyle is on the list – I have high hopes for Neil Coyle – he fought hard against PIP when he worked for the Disability Alliance – hope he can do more in the Commons rather than the toothless charity sector.

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