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.