MPs should not hire their family members. That's the pledge I made at the General Election that if I won I wouldn't hire any family members to work for me. I don't believe politics is made any better, more transparent or fairer with MPs paying their wives, partners or children from the public purse.
Today it was announced that Johnny Mercer, the Tory MP for the north of Plymouth, has not only given his wife, who works for him, a promotion but he has also given her a pay rise from the public purse.
I'm really disappointed in Mr Mercer. He had such promise and a mandate to shake things up when he was elected and with every passing month he is letting more and more people down. He seems more and more like Westminster's voice in Plymouth Moor View not Plymouth Moor View's voice in Westminster. But now we learn that on top of his MPs salary he is also boosting his family income by giving his wife a pay rise too. It just doesn't seem right, does it?
I don't have anything against Mrs Mercer and have always found her to be very kind to me. This isn't about her. It is about doing politics better. MPs should not hire their family members - that was Labour's policy at the General Election and one is a position I firmly believe in.
We shouldn't have MPs - of any party - employing their family members. I wouldn't have if I had been elected, but it seems Mr Mercer didn't back the same pledge as I did. I think on this occasion I agree with his hashtag #plymouthdeservesbetter