Outgoing Member of Parliament for North East St Catherine, Leslie Campbell, says it’s unrealistic to expect politicians not to benefit from the state resources over which they preside.
Mr Campbell was recently appointed Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.
He says MPs must be paid a much larger salary to fulfill the high level of service required of them.
The outgoing MP was speaking during an exclusive interview with Nationwide’s Danielle Archer, his first since he announced he won’t seek re-election.
But, Mr Campbell says some demands placed on MPs are unrealistic.
He says it was never intended for MPs to do the tasks many constituents demand of them.
He says many constituents still believe an efficient MP is one who gives them something.
Mr Campbell says, like many MPs, he was naive to feel he could effect change within a four-year government cycle.
But, he says most constituents would not appreciate an MP who does not give them hand-outs.
He says with the various demands on MPs, they should be paid more.