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Exclusive: Labour Under Fire As It Emerges Harriet Harman 'underpays' Her Trainee

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Former Cabinet Minister Ms Harman is advertising for a trainee caseworker in her Camberwell and Peckham office in south London on a salary of £17,000 a year.

The pay is £2,000 below the amount set for the role by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. Conservative MPs last night criticised Ms Harman for not offering the required salary.

They said she was making a mockery of Labour leader Ed Miliband’s campaign to tackle the so-called “cost-of-living crisis” by raising minimum pay levels. Julian Smith, Tory MP for Skipton and Ripon in Yorkshire, said: “Once again it’s another case of do as I say not as I do from the same old Labour Party.”

A spokeswoman for Ms Harman’s office confirmed the new recruit would not be paid the full IPSA amount for at least six months.

She said: “This advert is for a trainee caseworker and it’s expected that would become a permanent junior caseworker after six months, in which case they would be paid within the IPSA guidelines.”

However, IPSA rules make no distinction between “trainees” and permanent employees, and a spokesman said: “If an MP would like to add someone to their payroll, then the employment contract must comply with the rules.

Labour exploiting the workers. Not that £19k in London would allow you to buy anything!

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I bet the job will go to the child (probably daughter) of a senior Labour figure. They don't want any lower classes in the labour party, the likes of Harman only want the Islington set.

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