Lords and MPs get posh nosh for just £5 as taxpayer picks up £4.6million tab

Our MPs and Lords can scoff slap-up meals for under a fiver after taxpayers footed a £4.6million bill.

They stumped up the cash last year to subsidise Westminster’s bars and restaurants in the Covid pandemic.

The bill – £2m more than usual – came after most of the catering outlets had to close.

Westminster eateries are propped up with public cash because many are loss-making. The money allows MPs to eat cheaply at the four venues currently open.

In Bellamy’s, they can whet their appetite with a starter of celeriac and thyme soup for 88p. They can then feast on baked pork chops on a bed of braised red cabbage with sage-roasted fennel and tomato sauce, for £2.79.

The feast can be rounded off with apple and cinnamon crumble with custard or cream for 98p.

A roast dinner with all the trimmings in the Member’s Dining Room is just £5.67.

In comparison, the nearby Red Lion Fullers pub charges £19 for a similar meal.

Danielle Boxall of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: "Westminster’s many watering holes shouldn’t be propped up by the public purse."

Authorities say prices are regularly checked against outside venues.

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MPs drew fury last year after The Star revealed that MPs were tucking into subsidised lunches and booze whilst voting down bills to feed hungry kids.

talkRADIO presenter Darryl Morris described the scandal as highlighting that "we live in a Dickens novel, and not a very good one".

Darryl, who presents a morning show on talkRADIO, tweeted: "This is the menu for the member’s dining room in Parliament. It is subsidised. Look how cheap it is.

"Yesterday these people voted to refuse free meals to feed hungry children over Christmas."

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In response to England star Marcus Rashford's campaign to help feed hungry children, the government also responded that it preferred to tackle child poverty through universal credit handouts.

Meanwhile, in the Members' Bar, a chargrilled sirloin steak with hand-cut chips, tomato, mushrooms and a Bearnaise sauce would cost an MP on a salary of £81,000 just £11.77.

Drinks were also much cheaper in Westminster, with a glass of Merlot costing just £2.75 and a pint of Carlsberg at Strangers’ Bar only £3.35.

Comic Nish Kumar, who hosted BBC Two’s The Mash Report, also weighed in, sa"ing: "Guys of course we don’t have the money to feed children, we have to spend it on the essentials like apps that don’t work.’’

England football star Marcus Rashford meanwhile, could be seen helping out at local food banks as part of his drive to help feed hungry children throughout the UK.

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