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Cheltenham MP urged to tell residents whether he’s taking ministerial resignation payout during cost-of-living crisis


Cheltenham MP urged to tell residents whether he’s taking ministerial resignation payout during cost-of-living crisis

Cheltenham’s MP is being urged to tell constituents whether he will take a £14,000 payment for his belated resignation from government.

Alex Chalk is among a group of former ministers due payments totalling more than £410,000 – a list which also includes his former boss Boris Johnson and outgoing Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Cheltenham, Max Wilkinson, has called on Mr Chalk, who was Solicitor General in the Johnson government, to publicly declare that he will not take the payment.

Under the Ministerial and Other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991, those resigning from office are entitled to 25% of the annual salaries they were paid when holding that office.

Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Cheltenham Max Wilkinson said:  

“Cheltenham residents who resign from their jobs with immediate effect wouldn’t even get their notice period paid up, so why should ministers? That’s particularly true for those who were part of the awful Johnson government.

“People here deserve an answer to a simple question: is our MP taking the payout or not?”

Alex Chalk resigned as Solicitor General in the dying days of Boris Johnson’s time as Prime Minister. The resignation came more than 1,000 days after his public pledge to resign if there was a ‘scintilla of a suggestion’ that the government would act unlawfully.


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