Clegg’s plan for MPs’ tithe

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NICK Clegg has asked fellow Liberal Democrat ministers to contribute a portion of their salaries to keep party finances afloat.

The Lib Dem leader and Sheffield Hallam MP wants colleagues to pay a ‘ministerial tithe’ of 10 per cent of government wages to help the Lib Dems survive a cash crisis.

The party hopes to raise £40,000 from the voluntary charge, which would affect only ministerial income.

All 19 Lib Dem ministers have been asked to contribute, after the party ran up a deficit of £1.25 million last year, having had a surplus of £174,000 in 2009.