Africa Minister Mark Simmonds, Conservative MP for Boston & Skegness, resigned yesterday, saying that his salary of £89,435 per year, together with his rental allowance of £27,875 plus £2,500 for each of his three children, is insufficient to maintain a family home in London. 

When asked what he thought his constituents might think of his decision, Mr Simmonds replied “Constituents? Who are they?” 

Romperredes unsuccessfully attempted to speak with Mr Simmonds this morning to clarify the full reasons behind the decision, his agent simply saying that Mr Simmonds was going to have a nice, long holiday and would be out of touch for some time.

No change there, then. 

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