Barron the Rebel – Members’ Allowances — 3 Nov 2004

Mileage rates will no longer be uprated annually.Instead they will be the highest of the current rate and the Inland Revenue car mileage rates.The higher rate car mileage allowance will be payable for the first 20,000 miles.

Members’ Allowances — 3 Nov 2004 at 15:51 — The Public Whip

It seems pretty much the only things Mr Barron consistently rebels against are votes that might affect his salary or expenses – he was at it again in November 2004.

In fact, Mr Barron has only rebelled against his party 26 times since Labour came to power in May 1997. On nine of those twenty six occasions the vote has been something to do with MPs salaries, expenses or pensions. To give that some context, there have been 2618 votes in that time, and he has voted against the party line only 26 times (less than 1% of votes).

It seems strange that on wider issues of spending and policy the Mr Barron seems to think the government is almost always right – but when it comes to issues affecting his personal earnings, all of a sudden he seems to consider them inept.

I don’t know why that might be.

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