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Pay rise idea for MPs ‘nonsensical’
9:11am Saturday 12th January 2013 in News
A NORTH Yorkshire MP has said pay rises for politicians would be “nonsensical” after a survey by Parliament’s expenses watchdog showed more than two-thirds believe they are underpaid.
A poll of 100 MPs, which is part of a consultation by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), showed the average MP felt they were worth £86,250 a year, compared to their current salary of just under £66,000.
However, most members of the public surveyed said MPs’ pay should be pegged or lowered. None of North Yorkshire’s MPs who The Press contacted took part in the poll, with Nigel Adams, who represents Selby and Ainsty, saying: “It would be nonsensical, at a time of pay constraint in the private and public sector, to be advocating pay rises such as this.”
York Outer MP Julian Sturdy said he would not have agreed to be surveyed had he been asked, saying: “It has always been my view that MPs should not set their own pay and conditions – I don’t think they should be involved or vote on it at all, and IPSA should make the decisions and recommendations.”
Hugh Bayley, who represents York Central, also said MPs should have no say over their own salaries and IPSA was the “appropriate” judge on politicians’ pay, while East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight – who was also not surveyed – said: “I supported the setting-up of the independent authority which determines MPs’ pay, and pay levels are therefore entirely a matter for them and I will accept what they decide.”