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MPs appointed to Boris Johnson’s “last hurrah” Government since he resigned could be entitled to nearly quarter of a million pounds in severance pay in just a few weeks.

Tories have come under fire over the payments from public coffers after the shamed PM last week named a swathe of new faces despite his impending departure.

The Mirror has calculated that 47 MPs brought into Government since last week could pocket a combined £237,252 if Mr Johnson’s successor dispenses with their services.

By law they are entitled to a quarter of their annual salary if they are not given a new role within three weeks.

Furious Labour MPs today hit out at the staggering sums – calling on those entitled to these payments to refuse them.

Labour’s Fleur Anderson hit out at the government over the payments

Labour’s Fleur Anderson fumed: “Now our constituents are forced to foot the bill, paying for this government’s chaos yet again.

“Former ministers need to look at themselves in the mirror and decide if their constituents really do want them to accept the payments.”

And Marie Rimmer echoed that view, saying: “Surely at this time with all that’s going on, we’re in a very poor state with regards to respect from our public.

“We should call on the relevant people to reflect on the situation en masse and say we don’t want this and we won’t accept it.”

Ms Anderson later said: “The British public will rightly be watching this distracted government with disgust. In the middle of a cost of living crisis, with families struggling to make ends meet and get to the end of each month, this government is too busy infighting to provide real solutions.

“Adding insult to injury, thousands of pounds of their hard earned taxes will be handed out to former ministers.

Last week the PM appointed 47 MPs to government roles, including loyalist Peter Bone

“Five former secretaries of state will receive over £16,000 each. That is roughly the starting salary for a teaching assistant for an entire year.

“These ministers must look themselves in the mirror and decide if their constituents would want them to accept this payment.”

Analysis by The Mirror found that seven newly-promoted Tories could be entitled to a whopping £16,876 in severance pay if they leave Government- even if they were only in post for a matter of weeks.

A further 13 would qualify for a one-off payment of £7,920, while nine could trouser a healthy £4,479.

Among those who could be entitled to payments if they lose their jobs under Boris Johnson’s successor are James Cleverly, who was appointed as Education Secretary last week, and Johnny Mercer, who was made Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.

Each could be awarded nearly £17,000 – although they could follow in the footsteps of Tory Michelle Donelan, who refused the sum after stepping down as Education Secretary after less than two days.

Meanwhile Mr Johnson’s loyalist Peter Bone, who was awarded the new role of deputy leader of the House of Commons, may be entitled to between £4,479 and £7,920.

Speaking on behalf of the government, Heather Wheeler said that legislation permitting severance payments had been in place since 1991.

They were introduced for MPs whose circumstances suddenly changed, particularly as the result of a reshuffle.

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    “Unlike other employment contexts there are no periods of notice, no consultation and no redundancy arrangements,” she said.

    The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said that whether departing members of the government accept the payments is up to them.

    Number 10 said: “There is a piece of legislation in which that is set out, what ministers are and are not entitled to. Those who are appointed are not eligible.”

    They added: “It’s down to ministers themselves… to decide whether they wish to receive the severance pay.

    “I believe it can be declined and obviously it could be donated as well.”

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