Three East Lancashire MPs would give away pay rise

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JACK Straw has defended plans to give MPs an 11 per cent pay rise of £7,600 a year in 2015 as three colleagues pledged to give the extra to charity if re-elected.

The former Labour Cabinet Minister, who retires as Blackburn MP at the next election, said he would not have followed suit and did not expect his successor to do so.

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.

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans declined to say what he would do if still at Westminster.

Parliamentary watchdog Ipsa on Thursday is set to recommend a rise of £7,600 from £66,396 to £74,000 after the May 2015 election.

It does not need MPs’ agreement for the increase.

Ipsa will also squeeze the pensions and goodbye packages of MPs, scrap dinner allowances and crack down on second home expenses.

Mr Berry said: “It is completely wrong.

“If this comes before Parliament I will vote against it.

“If forced to take it, I will donate the salary difference to local good causes.”

Mr Stephenson said: “This increase is not right. If I am forced to accept it I will give the money to local charities in Pendle.

“I cannot accept this pay rise when my constituents are being squeezed.”

Mr Birtwistle said: “This is wrong and the wrong time. I shall give the balance of any increase after tax and pension contributions to local charities including the appeal for a prostate cancer scanner at Burnley General Hospital.”

Mr Evans said: “I cannot comment until I see the package as a whole.

“The reality is that there is never a good time.”

Mr Straw said: “I’m concerned to ensure the pay is sufficient to attract people from modest backgrounds who have not inherited a house, who don’t have family or personal income, but who are going to make a career out of politics.

“I have no personal interest whatever.

“If MPs’ pay continues to fall it will have an adverse effect on who goes into politics.”

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones previously said of a potential pay rise for MPs: “We are among the highest paid people in the country but don’t earn as much as Premiership footballers.”

Chorley’s Lindsay Hoyle has said: “We have not seen the proposals.”

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2:47pm Tue 10 Dec 13

tonyisace says...

the Mp's that accept the pay rise are selfish individuals who only think about their own welfare and dont care about the rest of us who are strugling to make ends meet
the Mp's that accept the pay rise are selfish individuals who only think about their own welfare and dont care about the rest of us who are strugling to make ends meet tonyisace

4:32pm Tue 10 Dec 13

the usher says...

I'm not surprised about Jack Straw's comments. Just like him. he is supposed to listen to his constituents but he just does his own thing, Greedy. politicians are the most over paid underworked people in the country. I wouldn't trust one if my life depended on it...from any colour!
I'm not surprised about Jack Straw's comments. Just like him. he is supposed to listen to his constituents but he just does his own thing, Greedy. politicians are the most over paid underworked people in the country. I wouldn't trust one if my life depended on it...from any colour! the usher

4:36pm Tue 10 Dec 13

ted1951 says...

To Mr Jones M.P. doctors, Nurses, Firemen , Police Officers etc are not paid as much as Premship players & they get a pittance of what you M.Ps get paid & no expenses
To Mr Jones M.P. doctors, Nurses, Firemen , Police Officers etc are not paid as much as Premship players & they get a pittance of what you M.Ps get paid & no expenses ted1951

5:05pm Tue 10 Dec 13

squaddie1 says...

all i can say is i have had a 1% pay rise for the last 5 years to my recollection, you can throw in a tour of Iraq & Afghanistan into that mix. "so we dont get paid as much as footballers" is total nonsense give your heads a wobble. if you did your job well in the first place no one would complain so much!!!!!
all i can say is i have had a 1% pay rise for the last 5 years to my recollection, you can throw in a tour of Iraq & Afghanistan into that mix. "so we dont get paid as much as footballers" is total nonsense give your heads a wobble. if you did your job well in the first place no one would complain so much!!!!! squaddie1

5:46pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Noiticer says...

Nigel - no comment - most unusual ! What's the betting he takes the rise - that's if he is still an MP
Nigel - no comment - most unusual ! What's the betting he takes the rise - that's if he is still an MP Noiticer

6:14pm Tue 10 Dec 13

frank says...

"Hyndburn MP Graham Jones previously said of a potential pay rise for MPs: “We are among the highest paid people in the country but don’t earn as much as Premiership footballers.”

does anyone?
thats no excuse.
at least footballers provide some entertainment - even if it does only involve falling on the floor a lot, more than can be said of mps
"Hyndburn MP Graham Jones previously said of a potential pay rise for MPs: “We are among the highest paid people in the country but don’t earn as much as Premiership footballers.” does anyone? thats no excuse. at least footballers provide some entertainment - even if it does only involve falling on the floor a lot, more than can be said of mps frank

6:34pm Tue 10 Dec 13

timeforcommonsense says...

If you ran a business the way any of these useless muppets run the country then you'd last about 6 months. Out of touch, ivory tower dwelling useless greedy people. Put them all on performance pay and watch them starve without income.
If you ran a business the way any of these useless muppets run the country then you'd last about 6 months. Out of touch, ivory tower dwelling useless greedy people. Put them all on performance pay and watch them starve without income. timeforcommonsense

5:06pm Wed 11 Dec 13

drunken donut says...

Noiticer wrote:
Nigel - no comment - most unusual ! What's the betting he takes the rise - that's if he is still an MP
Or if he is still out of jail, why do we need as many MPs anyway? Most of our laws and rules come from the unelected "commissars" in Brussels.
[quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: Nigel - no comment - most unusual ! What's the betting he takes the rise - that's if he is still an MP[/p][/quote]Or if he is still out of jail, why do we need as many MPs anyway? Most of our laws and rules come from the unelected "commissars" in Brussels. drunken donut

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