Jeremy Corbyn accused of hypocrisy over gender pay gap after 'top Labour salaries leaked'

Posted On: 
24th July 2016

A Labour MP has accused Jeremy Corbyn of hypocrisy after leaked figures revealed he employs more men in top paying jobs than women.

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Figures obtained by the Sunday Times suggest chief of staff Simon Fletcher pockets about £102,000 while director of strategy Seamus Milne earns about £97,000.

But Mr Corbyn’s political secretary Katy Clark earns about £65,000 while trade union liaison manager Nancy Platts was on about £59,000.

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Andrew Fisher, his policy adviser, earned about £56,000, while events organiser Kat Fletcher took home about £48,000.

Mr Corbyn has called on all but the smallest companies to publish earnings data in a bid to close the gender pay gap.

Labour MP Jess Philips said: “Once again with Jeremy it is words instead of deeds.”

“It looks hypocritical to preach about the importance of equal pay while putting men in senior roles with much higher salaries than the women — a further flaw in his alleged feminism.

“It’s not the first time he has failed to practise what he preaches.

“It is all well and good saying you are committed to these things but you have to show you are committed to them by your actions.”

A spokesman for the Labour leader said nobody in his office received a six-figure salary but would not confirm whether Mr Fletcher had in the past.

The spokesman added: “In line with new Short money rules, the Labour Party will publish staff salaries next year.”