MPs to pocket 10 per cent salary increase

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MPs are set to get a controversial 10 per cent pay rise despite a widespread backlash over the proposal.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority confirmed yesterday members will have their salary bumped up from £67,060 to £74,000 as part of a package of changes.

Local MPs have been split over the issue – with both of Portsmouth’s MPs Penny Mordaunt and Flick Drummond saying their 10 per cent share will go to worthy causes.

Others, including Havant MP Alan Mak, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage and Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery, have said they will take theirs as it is out of their control.

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes did not respond to requests from The News.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘I believe changes should be cost-neutral to the public purse, in line with public sector pay and backed up by plans to reduce the overall number of MPs.’

Mr Mak said: ‘While I do 
not agree with IPSA’s position, I have to comply with the 
independent body’s decision, which will take effect automatically.’

The pay rise will be backdated to May 8, and MPs’ pay will then be adjusted yearly in line with average earnings within the public sector.