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Keighley MP Kris Hopkins rejects parliamentary pay rise
Keighley MP Kris Hopkins today hit out at the controversial 11 per cent pay rise being awarded to parliamentary members.
And he has vowed not to accept the increase, which would take effect in 2015.
The increase, proposed by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), would take MPs’ annual salaries to £74,000.
All three party leaders have condemned the move and said it would be wrong for MPs to receive such a large pay rise.
Mr Hopkins said: “It was made clear to the IPSA – an independent body – that the current restrictions on public sector pay should be borne in mind when deciding any future rises in MPs’ pay. It is infuriating that this request has been ignored.
“As I have said many times before, I am a public sector worker and should not be treated any differently to anyone else. This proposed pay rise is not something I agree with.”
Fellow Tory MP Philip Davies, whose Shipley constituency includes Cullingworth and Denholme, said he understood how unacceptable to the public the increase is.
“This is something proposed by the IPSA – the law was changed back in 2009 to explicitly stop MPs having any role in the setting of their own pay and expenses,” he added.
“I would urge my constituents to either make their views known to the IPSA directly or if they e-mail or write to me I will ensure that all representations are passed on.”
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