Maria Caulfield MP should return £8k payoff

Lewes MP Maria Caulfield is clinging on to a £7,920 severance payment she received after she was sacked as a health minister by Liz Truss - despite returning to the same department just seven weeks later.

Caulfield was reinstated by Rishi Sunak the following month but still kept her payout. Two other ministers in the same position have already handed back the cash.

The payment came to light on 16 February in Department of Health annual accounts. On 6 February, Maria Caulfield voted to block reforms to ministerial severance which would have seen her payout stopped.

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Lewes James MacCleary said: “This is a slap in the face for so many local people trying to make ends meet. Taxpayers are having to pick up the tab for an endless revolving door of Conservative ministers.

“Maria Caulfield should either return this money or donate it to our local food banks. I hope she reflects and does the right thing.”

Tell Maria Caulfield to return her 7 week severance

I/we the undersigned ask Maria Caulfield MP to return or donate her ministerial severance pay received weeks before returning to the same department

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Mirror cutout explaining Caulfield's payout

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