Salaries of Leader of Opposition and Opposition Whips

4.43A salary was first granted to the Leader of the Opposition (see para 4.6 ) by the Ministers of the Crown Act 1937. On 1 April 2017, the salary was worth £64,029.1 Since 1965, provision has been made for the payment of a salary to the Opposition Chief Whip, and in 1972 this provision was extended to cover not more than two Assistant Opposition Whips.2 On 1 April 2017, the salary of the Opposition Chief Whip was worth £33,490 and that of the Assistant Opposition Whips £19,523. These salaries are in addition to their salary as Members of Parliament.

Footnotes

  1. 1. 1937, c 38, s 5; 1975, c 27, sch 2; Ministerial and Other Salaries Order 1996 (SI 1996/1913).
  2. 2. Ministerial Salaries and Members' Pensions Act 1965, s 2; Ministerial and other Salaries Acts 1972, sch 2; 1975, sch 2; 1997, s 1. See Ministerial and Other Salaries Order 1996 (SI 1996/1913).