The Staggers 18 March 2012 What if regional pay rates applied to MPs? A thought experiment for the Treasury team. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Over at his blog, A View from Ham Common, Richard Morris asks: Just to double check - these proposals that Public Servants from the poorest parts of the country should earn less than those from richer parts do apply to MPs, don't they? Of course it's just a thought experiment -- MPs work in London for most of the week -- but still, as @zelostreet points out, it could be interesting to see the MPs for Sheffield Hallam, Tatton, and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey explain the point to their constituents. Currently, MPs in London constituencies get an extra £7,500 - which they voted up 157%, from £2,916, in the Commons in July 2008. But there's no difference in pay to take into account that, say, house prices in Witney, Oxfordshire, average £253,905 while in the Highlands, the average house price is £156,966. › The current crisis is a gift for the far right Helen Lewis is a former deputy editor of the New Statesman, who is now a staff writer on the Atlantic. Her history of feminism, Difficult Women, will be published in February 2020. Subscribe To stay on top of global affairs and enjoy even more international coverage subscribe for just £1 per month!