The defeated Tory who whinged he wouldn’t leave Westminster with enough taxpayer’s cash is set for a publicly-funded windfall.
Former Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson – who voted 52 times to slash benefits and cut pay – complained after the election that his golden goodbye was nothing compared to the PM’s fired advisors.
But before you start writing out a cheque to his benevolence fund, there’s news that the hard Brexiteer will be back on the public payroll before his “redundo” even hits his bank account.
“Wacko Jacko” is to be appointed as the £115,000 a year chief of staff to Brexit Secretary David Davis as soon as tomorrow, the Evening Standard reports.
He’d been dropping some pretty heavy hints that he fancied the job…
But a source told the Standard that his appointment “sends the wrong message” and will undo any credibility Davis has gained with Remainers.
Talking of sending messages. Jackson flew into a rage with voters on social media after his defeat, branding one a “thick chav” and calling anothr a “pillock.”
And here’s what he told one person who objected to him moaning about money on Twitter:
Not a good look in the weak Parliament discussed abuse in politics!
Jackson is the third losing Tory candidate to be handed a government job.
Gavin Barwell – the housing minister who infamously delayed the tower block fire safety review – was appointed as Theresa May’s chief of staff.
And Scrapbook reported last month how the Tories circumvented democracy to make Ian Duncan a Scotland Office minister.
The Tory MEP failed to win the Perth and North Perthshire seat at the general election, so was hastily made a peer instead.
Whatever happened to the “will of the people”…