vows that if elected as MP he will take a pay CUT not rise.
Councillor, Jake Morrison, 20, resigned from the Labour Party last
month as he announced that he will be standing as an Independent
Candidate for Liverpool Wavertree at the 2015 General Election.
Jake's resignation from The Labour Party came amid a row with the
local Labour MP Luciana Berger, and frustration with the direction
of national party policies.
Commenting on the proposed pay rise by the Independent Parliamentary
Standards Authority, Jake Morrison said:- "It is shocking that
after years of a pay-freeze for millions of lowpaid workers, MPs
are set to take an 11% pay-rise.
I worked in supermarkets, youth centres and the Royal Liverpool
Hospital, with some of the most dedicated people I have ever worked
with. I'm confident that they would be delighted with an 11% pay rise,
or even just £65,000.
I am today pledging that if the people of Liverpool Wavertree elect
me as their Independent MP in 2015, I will take a pay cut of over
half, down to £30,000.
The other £35,000, or £45,000 if the pay increase goes through, I
will donate to charities based in Liverpool that I work with.
I just couldn't take an 11% pay rise on a salary already worth
£65,000 and expenses, while those healthcare assistants on £13,000 I
worked with are facing a cost of living increase, with very little
Let's not pretend that MPs are scraping by in life on the wages they
are on. I've not heard of an MP needing emergency supplies from a
foodbank, but I'm aware of many low-paid workers needing a helping
People talk about trying to attract good quality MPs, so a pay-rise
is needed. We need more good quality nurses, teachers, Police
officers & fire fighters, but we sadly don't talk about giving them
£75,000 a year."
AN 11% RISE
WOULD BE A KICK IN THE TEETH FOR THE MILLIONS OF WORKERS
THE principle of MPs
getting a decent salary is not an issue for what is an important job
and they should only have one job says GMB, commenting on the
reported 11% pay increase for MPs.
Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said:- "The principle of
MPs getting a decent salary is not an issue. MPs should be paid
properly for what is an important job and they should only have one
In the current circumstances, where these same MPs are responsible
for policies which have led to pay freezes and a fall in living
standards, an 11% rise would be a kick in the teeth for the millions
of workers who are the victims of their policies."
IS ON TO FIND UK's MOST INSPIRING GRANDPARENTS
THE search is on to find
the most inspiring grandads and grandmas with nominations now open
for the UK Super Grandparent Awards 2013. Run by the charity
Care for the Family, the awards have been launched to recognise
grandparents, who it says are often the unsung heroes of family
Winners are being sought from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and
England, with the overall winner receiving their award from comedian
Tim Vine in the Autumn. Closing date for entries is 31st
August 2013 and people can nominate grandparents online, either in
writing or by making a short mobile phone video submission by
As well as regional titles, the overall national winner will receive
an afternoon tea for the whole family at a leading hotel, a £300
professional family photo-shoot and a £100 toy voucher from The
Launching the award, Rob Parsons, founder of Care for the Family and
author of the book The Sixty Minute Grandparent said:- "Today,
possibly more than ever, the demands on families to cope with modern
life are great. Often it is grandparents, who are the glue
effectively holding the family together, looking after their
grandchildren and helping out busy parents immeasurably."
The charity hopes that the competition and awards ceremony will
highlight the value and importance of grandparenting in family life
across the UK. Visit:-
MURDER AT ST
LIVERPOOL'S Lovehistory and
St George's Hall are delighted to announce what is possibly the
biggest murder mystery event in the UK (and most definitely to have
been seen in Liverpool)! With 250 guests and taking place in the
magnificent and atmospheric surroundings of the Great Hall itself,
rather aptly on Friday, 13 September 2013, the stories featured at the
event will be based on criminals trialled at the Hall's famous
Guests will be treated to a 3 course meal whilst they bear witness
to Liverpool's most notorious murders of the Victorian era.
Murder at St George's Hall will feature a team of 12 professional
actors representing characters from real life Liverpool murder
cases, who will do their best to misguide, deceive and obscure the
truth. Guests will question and interrogate each character and
eventually name the perpetrator. This is a truly bespoke event and
as the drama unfolds so too does the history of this magnificent
Alan Smith, Manager at St George's Hall said:- "The
magnificent setting of the Great Hall in St George's Hall will at
last unveil all its history through this Murder Mystery event. In
the shadow of the City's illustrious greats the Hall's historical
past will be revealed and interpreted in a completely new and
dynamic way. Charles Dickens would be delighted!"
Lovehistory's Judy McLean said:- "St George's Hall will
witness the return of some of Liverpool's most notorious murderers;
Florence Maybrick, the Southern Belle who poisoned her merchant
husband, Elizabeth Berry, the infamous child killer, John McCrave,
convicted of the brutal murder of Richard Morgan, The Black Widows
of Liverpool, who poisoned for profit...and a number of other
uninvited 'guests'. One of these departed souls has returned to
commit murder...again! As the drama unfolds and the plot thickens,
guests will dine in the splendour of the grand hall and will be
asked to assist in a murder investigation that will reveal
Liverpool's dark and disturbing history!"
Those taking part will need to use their powers of deduction to
piece together the crime and to pass sentence. They will meet both
the accused, who will protest their innocence, and also the victims
who will reveal the details of their murder. Guests can send the
accused to the gallows or grant a reprieve. The decision will be in
their hands and for one night the public will be both judge and jury
in this magnificent setting!
In true "whodunit" style, each section of the grand hall will
be named after a much loved fictional detective; Sherlock Holmes,
Inspector Morse, Phillip Marlow, Columbo, Miss Marple, Hercule
Poirot etc. During the course of the evening, guests will be given
clues and are urged to keep their wits about them as this will be an
evening filled with deception, intrigue and…murder most foul.
Lovehistory will ensure that this event is a masterpiece in terms of
Murder Mystery evenings and as the guests enjoy the finery, the food
and drink, the culprits will be at play. All content will be
appropriate and drawn from historical documentation.
The evening will run from 7pm until 10.30pm, with an optional later bar
available. There will be a prize available and costumes are
encouraged. Tickets (including 3 course meal) are priced at £38.00
per person (no booking fee) and are available through TicketQuarter.
Experience Liverpool's murderous past with this truly interactive
For further information please visit:-