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Bexley MPs condemn pay rise suggestion

PUBLISHED: 10:19 16 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:19 16 July 2013

Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire

Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire

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Bexley's Conservative MPs have hit out at suggestions that politicians should receive a pay rise of more than £7,000 a year at the time of the next general election.

There has been almost universal condemnation of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority’s recommendations last week and this has been backed up by Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire and David Evennett MP, representing Bexleyheath and Crayford.

Mr Brokenshire said: “IPSA’s proposals are completely bonkers. At a time of public sector pay restraint a salary hike of this kind is completely inappropriate.

“The focus should be on cutting the overall cost of politics not increasing the bill.

“Mercifully, this plan isn’t confirmed and remains subject to further consultation and consideration. IPSA should think again and recognise that their proposals fail to reflect real world realities.”

Mr Evennett added: “The overall cost of politics should be going down, not up.

“I don’t think the proposals can be justified in the current climate.”

What do you think about IPSA’s proposals? Do you think MPs deserve a pay rise? Contact the newsdesk on 0208 477 3858, email robin.cottle@archant.co.uk or tweet @BexleyTimes.

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