She has been one of the fiercest critics of companies and institutions which fritter away taxpayers’ money.
But now the veteran Labour MP, Dame Margaret Hodge, is seeking a salary for a voluntary post at a university, it has emerged.
Dame Margaret, the former chair of the public accounts committee, applied to be Chair of Council at Royal Holloway, University of London, which was advertised as an unpaid position.
However, sources have claimed that the former minister said that she would only take up the post if it came with an income of £20,000 per annum.
Dame Margaret, who has served as MP for Barking since 1994, was honoured by the Queen in 2015 for her political and public services.
A source told The Sunday Telegraph said that the university role “attracted well over 100 good applicants when it was advertised. So lots of capable people wanted to volunteer to give back to support the University.
“Royal Holloway University’s statutes, or laws, forbids the University from paying their Chair of the Council a salary. The post has to be done for free. This did not deter our Labour MP who is not willing to do the job for nothing, even though it had been advertised as a voluntary job. A very socialist approach to volunteering and the public good.”
Ritchie doesn’t give evidence without cash support either. What is it?
And yes, when asked to give expert evidence to aid in jugging some criminals I did indeed do it for free.