Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce against MP pay rise
PUBLISHED: 09:52 12 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:52 12 July 2013
Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce has slammed the notion that MPs could receive a pay increase of more than £7,000 a year at the time of the next general election in 2015.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has recommended that the basic salary should rise from its current rate of £66,396 to £74,000.
Ms Pearce said: “I think that it is ridiculous that we are discussing an increase in salaries in the current climate. MPs are public sector workers and we should not be thinking about pay rises when the queues at food banks keep getting longer and longer each month as people across the country struggle to make ends meet.
“I think that IPSA’s recommendations are badly judged and badly timed. I am glad they have launched a public consultation on this issue. This will give people across the country the chance to put an end to these ridiculous proposals.
“If MPs were able to vote in parliament on this matter, I would vote against an increase in pay. I think that we are very privileged to be MPs and in the position to serve our local communities.
“People should only become MPs if they feel passionately about politics, and not because of any monetary incentive. Anyone who decides to become an MP for the money is not the sort of person who should be pursuing a career in politics.”
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