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Political payments

Is it acceptable for sitting MPs to receive cash payments from higher education institutions?

Today in Playbook, we ask whether politicians should ever take money from universities.

To some, it is a non-issue. Why wouldn’t parliamentarians work for universities and take a salary? Or speak at events and expect to receive an appearance fee? For others, it is unacceptable. MPs receive more than £79,000 a year in basic salary, and our universities have much better things to do with their money than hand it over to politicians.

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