A little number checking here….

Until 2013, Prime Ministers, former Lord Chancellors and Speakers were entitled to claim half their final salary as a pension from the moment they stood down, regardless of their age and length of service.

Right, OK.

The former Commons Speaker, 58, was plunged into a fresh row on Sunday after it emerged that he had decided to take his final salary pension – reportedly worth more than £35,000 a year

Think it would be more than that. The Speaker gets a whacking great salary, doesn’t he?

Ah, yes, like Ministers. There’s a chunk for the post but that’s a top up over the MP salary. The pension for the post is 50% of the top up…..maybe.

10 thoughts on “A little number checking here….”

  1. He is broke, Sally’s constant supplies from Harvey Nicks and Janet Reger not to mention keeping the bath full of Bollinger soon mount up, when no bugger wants to employ Rumplestiltskin and he can’t get the 300 quid a day from the Lords that he was banking on.

  2. “ There’s a chunk for the post but that’s a top up over the MP salary. The pension for the post is 50% of the top up…..maybe.”

    Not sure, but on the numbers that would fit; current salary is “£156,676 annually (including £79,468 MP’s salary)”, so just under £70k for the actual speaker bit, half of which would be around £35k.

  3. Doesn’t he have a gig on the after dinner speaking circuit? The fees I heard were in the thousands.

  4. Bloke in North Dorset

    Philip,

    There’s got to be some time limit to people being willing to pay to listen to an arrogant twat who doesn’t have any real influence in the seat of power. That’s probably why he’s desperate for vermin, not just the £300 but being able to claim he has influence.

  5. He did the same degree and was taught by the same profs as me, albeit a few years later. I can’t work out why he hasn’t made a success of his life.

  6. I’m sure I read somewhere that around 50% of MPs are either ministers or shadow ministers or on some sort of committee or other that entitles them to a bump-up in their MPs salary. Not sure how that feeds through to the pension they get but I’m sure they look after themselves.

    “That’s probably why he’s desperate for vermin, not just the £300 but being able to claim he has influence.”, as of course was Spud.

  7. Sam Vara

    Me also. ’77-’80.

    Find it hard to believe that King & Crewe enjoyed the short-arsed bounder.

  8. Recusant

    75-78, me, and then a masters the following year. We may have known each other!

    King did praise him publicly – quick intellect, etc. – but I can’t recall anything from Crewe.

  9. At uni, Bercow was as far right as it was possible to be within the Tories – Monday Club and then Chairman of the FCS, which was broken up by Tebbit shortly thereafter – there’s a famous photo of him wearing a “Hang Nelson Mandela” t-shirt that doesn’t get enough airtime. I don’t know if his move to the dark side preceded or followed his dalliance with the fragrant Sally.

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