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Tory MP William Wragg: I've had to move back in with mum and dad to save for deposit on house

A Conservative MP has admitted that he has had to move back in with his mother and father because he cannot afford the deposit to buy a house.

William Wragg, aged 28, is among tens of thousands of Britons who have joined the clipped wing generation of graduates, despite earning £74,000 plus expenses as a Member of Parliament.

The former primary school teacher, who was elected to the Commons last May, conceded he was paid extremely well but had to move home with his parents in the North West or face being trapped in a rented flat.

I am part of that boomerang generation myself, he revealed. In a few years hopefully I will have saved up enough for a deposit.

I know exactly what it is like. I have complete empathy with people in that position.

As an MP, Mr Wragg is paid almost three times the average salary of around £26,000 a year. He is also entitled to House of Commons expenses to cover the cost of renting a second home in London and renting office space. MPs are only expected to cover the cost of their main home themselves.

Full article at http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/conservative-mp-admits-he-cannot-afford-the-deposit-to-buy-a-house-a3176886.html

In other news, his party is legislating on the basis that families on £30k+ in his constituency (£40k+ in London) are well off enough to pay market-rate rents.

When MPs are being forced out of owning their own home, how are we supposed to believe that the housing market is not completely broken for FTBs?

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Hi

Tried to add to News Blog, Anyway: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/12150280/Tory-MP-admits-he-has-moved-back-into-his-parents-home-to-save-up-for-a-deposit.html

"A Conservative MP has revealed he was forced to move back into his parent's home after discovering he was unable to afford the deposit to buy a house.

William Wragg, the MP for Hazel Grove, has said he is part of a "boomerang generation" of young people unable to get on the property ladder, despite earning £74,000 as a Member of Parliament.

The 28 year old former primary school teacher admitted he was "paid extremely well", but that he wanted to avoid spending his life in rented accommodation"

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Hazel Grove Stockport Manchester......And he cannot afford a house on a £75k salary?

Someone is telling porkies here. Some have fell for it as well......

This is some sort of protest at him not being permitted access to public funds (as was the case) to purchase a second home in London...

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Remember though: If you are a family with a combined income of £30k+ (£40k+ in London) then you are deemed as able to afford local market rents according to his party's Housing Bill.

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TBH, anyone that lives in london will understand the need for an MP to live near the house of commons, and housing costs would eat a huge chunk. Commuting is a daily nightmare.

£74k is a decent wage, but not exactly iving like a king if you have to work in the smoke.

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This is a good thing. At least he will get to understand what most the rest of the population have to go through. Hopefully he will learn something.

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But one of those nice caring BTL landlords will provide him with a home.

And, according some of them, his wish to actually buy his own place is selfish, because if he buys it, a Landlord won't be able to buy it and so a deserving renter will not be able to rent it.

As I said before, the priced outs are getting older and promoted.

BTL now, is gunpowder with a spluttering fuse.

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What with Cameron "worrying" about his kids never getting on the housing ladder and now a poor MP has had to move back with mum and day... I get the feeling they are "softening up" public opinion before showtime.

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There are cheap options in Manchester if he was prepared to live in a rougher area. Great news either way, hope all MPs do this!

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Why doesn't he use htb to get a cr@ppy new build slave box that any previous generation on a high salary would have turned their noses up at?

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See he qualified as a teacher through Teach First. That 5 week training course cost the public £36k, of which £25k went to Teach First, an organisation run by Michael Gove's advisor. It supplies teachers who stay in the job for an average of 2 years at a cost of 4x as much as the traditional route.

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MPs are not special people......why would anyone think they are more entitled to buy a place over and above any other 'hard' working person.....people that work for the same money on Saturdays and Sundays, the same money as Mondays. ;)

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If he can stretch to £250,000 there are a selection of studio and one bed properties in East Ham or similar areas.

Here's one he could buy http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-37402026.html?premiumA=true

Or if he wants to live in a posh area there is this one http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-52355776.html

So as a top earner and a FTB this is what he can expect to live in.

I think Kirsty Alsop, David Cameron's past housing market advisor, could correctly suggest that this chaps expectations are simply too high and he should be prepared to start on something modest.

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Making fun of him, whilst easy, has no bearing on such stories, does it?

Yes it does considering he is an MP for the party that developed the htb policies.

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I think it has got to the stage where they no longer see it as their duty to do anything to help ordinary people get through life. It's purely based on market forces and you can either sink or swim as far as they are concerned, can't see that attitude changing either as they are feeding off the super rich. The fact that this guy is in the news tells me that very few politicians have actually been affected by the reality of the cost of living in this country and in this instance he has bank of mum and dad to fall back on along with an extortionate salary that will be a doddle to save a deposit with so not really a problem unlike the majority of people. All a bit of fun for him really, absolutely oblivious to the true horrors of working for an average wage and having to struggle without a safety net.

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