Mark Reckless MP 23.42 from Waterloo East --> Arrives Rochester at 0.51
Tracey Crouch MP 23:42 from Waterloo East --> Arrives at Strood at 0.51 then she would have to wait until 04.55 train to Aylesford arriving there just before 6 am the next day.
Obviously for Tracey, the train journey would not be viable.
Helen Grant MP 0.07 from Victoria arrives at 1.11 at Maidstone East
23:42 from Waterloo East arriving at Strood at 0.51 where she would join Tracey in the long wait/walk home.
If however, she lived in Marden, where her Wikipedia Biog suggests, the 23:43 from Waterloo gets in at 0.33
Of course for Helen living in Reigate some 19 miles from Westminster the above journey is of course irrelevant.
So this is all well and good but then factor in the need to be back in the office for 9am... Well the return legs are as follows: (worked out as from home to London stations)
Mark Reckless would need to catch the 7.15 to Victoria arriving at 8.17
Tracey Crouch would need to catch the 7.12 to St Pancras and tube it to Westminster
Helen Grant on the 7.09 Maidstone East to Victoria arriving at 8.23
|I miss my little girl Sophie|
Let us be honest, I know - rare in the life of many politicos - wouldn't you rather spend more time with your families and doing what you want to do rather than at work or on the train?
So lets take a deep, collective breath and think about this... is it really such a gain for them or such a burden ( £20k a year) for the tax payers. I'd argue that an MP who is able to function properly in the House, without a lack of sleep, commute weary and able to sit until 11pm and back for 9 is worth the expense.
As so often I have charged in a direction that is slightly erroneous and in the light of Tristan's comment I am more than happy to amend my original statement - I appear to have used the wrong timetable!
In light of the *cough* correct information, although, taking a rough two hours a journey (which is my Lambeth to Gillingham trip) an MP who sat until 7pm would get home around 9pm. This is a bit more of a reasonable time.
Yes they may still have 9am starts for office work etc but the balance is fairly similar to what the majority of us put up with.
The rules on housing may be a hangover from an older period before faster modes of transport.
Maybe this situation does need looking at.