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Soames has his snout in trough

Some MPs are grabbing hundreds of thousands of pounds a year from extra jobs.

Nicholas Soames MP snatched more than £220,000 last year. That comes on top of his basic salary of £66,000.

His extra “jobs” included 15 hours a month at Aegis Defence Services—for which he received more than £64,000.

Soames has received 90 written answers to questions he asked to the Ministry of Defence over the past 13 months.

Basildon boss faces protests

Tony Ball, Tory leader of Basildon council, has been nominated for the Local Government Information Unit’s council leader of the year award.

The unit says the nomination is “in recognition of his role spearheading the eviction of Travellers from Dale Farm”.

The awards ceremony takes place at Westminster City Hall in central London on Monday of next week from 7pm.

Travellers and their supporters will be protesting outside to give Ball the welcome he deserves.

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£548,000 for flowers and figs

Lords and MPs have spent more than £110,000 on cut flowers in three years.

The government also shelled out £438,000 to maintain 12 fig trees in parliamentary buildings.

Tory MP wants more sackings

Unemployment isn’t rising fast enough for some Tories. Elizabeth Trust MP has written a pamphlet arguing that bosses with fewer than ten employees should be able to sack workers without giving a reason.

Even Andrew Cave from the Federation of Small Businesses admitted that the plans could lead to some workers being treated as “second class”.

If you’re poor, you die earlier

The gap in life expectancy between rich and poor people has grown, according to a new report, even though life expectancy in general has risen.

The figures come from a new study by University College London’s Institute of Health Equity titled Fair Society, Healthy Lives.

The poorest men in Westminster die around 17 years earlier than the richest. Insitute director Michael Marmot warned that cuts would make the situation even worse.

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Tue 21 Feb 2012, 18:24 GMT
Issue No. 2291
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