Pay rise plan for East Lancashire MPs is slammed

HYNDBURN MP Graham Jones has condemned plans to give MPs an 11 per cent pay rise in 2015 and called for the independent body which recommended it to be scrapped.

The Labour backbencher spoke out after retiring Blackburn MP Jack Straw defended it and three colleagues pledged to give it away if re-elected.

Ribble Valley Tory Nigel Evans has declined to say what he would do.

But Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry, his Pendle Tory colleague Andrew Stephenson, and Burnley Lib Dem Gordon Birtwistle all pledged to give any pay rise to local charities.

Parliamentary watchdog IPSA have recommended a rise of £7,600 from £66,396 to £74,000 after the May 2015 election. It will also squeeze MPs pensions, scrap dinner allowances and crack down on second home expenses.

Mr Jones said: “It cannot go ahead when people are going through the biggest cost of living crisis for a generation.

“I’ve always donated to chairities and will continue to do so. IPSA should be abolished.”

Chorley’s Lindsay Hoyle said: “It should be left to an independent body.”

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5:42pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Legal Beagle says...

These pathetic MP's who are bleating about getting a pretty modest pay rise make me sick with their grandstanding. I can only assume that those who are moaning are those who realise that they aren't worth the extra pay.

It's a responsible and demanding job, and the salary is no more than a typical middle manager. If they don't think they're worth it why the hell should we vote for them?

Quite a few of their perks are being removed, so it's only reasonable that their basic pay should be increased. If they're too stupid to see that and accept it gracefully they aren't fit to sit in judgment on others.
These pathetic MP's who are bleating about getting a pretty modest pay rise make me sick with their grandstanding. I can only assume that those who are moaning are those who realise that they aren't worth the extra pay. It's a responsible and demanding job, and the salary is no more than a typical middle manager. If they don't think they're worth it why the hell should we vote for them? Quite a few of their perks are being removed, so it's only reasonable that their basic pay should be increased. If they're too stupid to see that and accept it gracefully they aren't fit to sit in judgment on others. Legal Beagle

6:05pm Fri 13 Dec 13

billy32 says...

It would be nice if all the MP's who oppose this disgusting pay rise gave their pay rise to a charity of their choice. But to be realistic i bet none of the MP's will. Years ago MP's mainly did the job because they wanted to change the country for the better. Nowadays it just to inflate the bank accounts.........
It would be nice if all the MP's who oppose this disgusting pay rise gave their pay rise to a charity of their choice. But to be realistic i bet none of the MP's will. Years ago MP's mainly did the job because they wanted to change the country for the better. Nowadays it just to inflate the bank accounts......... billy32

6:38pm Fri 13 Dec 13

bill_bob_thornton says...

It would be noble if the extra money to donated to their local constituency's charities.
It would be noble if the extra money to donated to their local constituency's charities. bill_bob_thornton

11:34pm Fri 13 Dec 13

ted1951 says...

U TURN MR JONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
U TURN MR JONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ted1951

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