10:35 Monday 23 December 2013

'Not a chance in hell' pay rise will happen

Written byROB SMYTH

‘NOT a snowballs chance in hell’ of the MPs 11 per cent pay rise being approved, Burton’s parliamentary representative has said.

Andrew Griffiths MP said he has always refused to vote for increases in his wages after watchdog Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) recommended a rise of £7,600 to £74,000, to come in after the 2015 election.

MPs currently earn a basic salary of £66,396 but IPSA said their pay has fallen behind in recent years and a substantial ‘one-off’ rise is justified.

Mr Griffiths told the Mail he did not think the proposal would go through.

He said: ““Mr Cameron, Mr Clegg and Mr Milliband have all said they oppose it so I cannot see any way that it will go through.

“I have never asked for a pay rise and have always refused to vote on my pay and conditions.

“I can understand why people who have had a pay freeze or pay cut would think the timing of this proposal is very badly thought out.

“Of course even with these proposals any changes would not happen until after the next election.

“By which time the public would have had the chance to vote on who they would want as their next MP.”

However, IPSA does not need to get the agreement of Parliament to bring in the changes.

South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler agreed that MPs ‘should not be in a position to set their own terms and conditions’ and said it was for IPSA to ‘come up with the right answer’.

She said: “I will abide by what the independent body come back and say. If they say MPs should get £50,000 then I will abide by that.”

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