Members of Parliament – More Facts

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  1. How many MPs are there in the House of Commons?After the General Election 2010, there were 650 MPs elected.
  2. How many male MPs are there? There are currently 505 male MPs.
  3. How many female MPs are there? There are currently 145 female MPs.
  4. Who was the first woman MP? Countess Constance Markievicz was the first woman elected to the House of Commons, in 1918. However she did not take her seat, in protest against Britain’s policy in Ireland. The first woman to be elected and take her seat was Viscountess Nancy Astor in 1919.
  5. Who was the first woman Minister? Margaret Bondfield – appointed Under Secretary in the Ministry of Labour in 1924.
  6. Who is the Speaker of the House of Commons? The Speaker of the House of Commons is the Rt Hon John Bercow MP.
  7. Who is the Father of the House? The Father of the House (the MP with the longest unbroken service) is Rt Hon Sir Peter Tapsell.
  8. Who is the oldest MP? The oldest MP is Rt Hon Sir Peter Tapsell, Conservative MP for Louth and Horncastle, aged 81.
  9. Who is the youngest MP? The youngest MP is Pamela Nash, Labour MP for Airdrie and Shotts, aged 26.
  10. What is the average age of an MP? Following the general election of 2010, the average age of an MP was 50.
  11. How many MPs are from ethnic minorities? There are 28 MPs from an ethnic minority in the current Parliament.
  12. When did MPs first get an annual salary? 1911. The first annual salary was £400.
  13. What is the annual salary of an MP? £65,738 as of 1 April 2010
  14. Do MPs pay tax on their salary? Yes. MPs pay the same rates of taxation and National Insurance as any other employed person.
  15. Can MPs claim expenses? Yes. MPs can claim expenses to cover, for example, staff costs, travel expenses and the cost of running an office.
  16. How much does the Prime Minister get paid? The Prime Minister has announced that he will be taking a salary of £142,500.
  17. How much do Cabinet Ministers get paid? Cabinet ministers receive a salary of £134,565 (including MP’s salary of £65,738).
  18. How much do Select Committee Chairs get paid? £80,320 (this figure comprises of MP’s salary of £65,738 and additional salary for Committee Chairs of £14,582) from 1 April 2010.
  19. How much does the Speaker get paid? The Speaker’s salary is £141,504 (including MP’s salary of £65,738).
  20. Do opposition parties get financial help from Parliament? Opposition parties get extra money to help them carry out their parliamentary business. This is known as ‚Short Money’.
  21. Do MPs have their own pension scheme? Yes they do – a final salary scheme with a choice of accrual rates. Members can choose to contribute at 1/40th, 1/50th or 1/60th. It is a contributory pension with the contribution rates set at 11.9%, 7.9% and 5.9% respectively.


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