Penny Mordaunt turns down pay rise after Portsmouth North victory

Penny Mordaunt

Penny Mordaunt

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RETURNED Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt said she would stick by her pledge to reject an 11 per cent pay rise to be offered this month.

MPs’ pay packets are set to jump to £74,000 following a recommendation from Ipsa, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

But Ms Mordaunt, 42, confirmed after Thursday’s election that she would turn down the raise.

She said she would write to Ipsa to ask for alternative to be put in place for the extra money.

‘I’m writing to them to see if they could set up a facility where they could remove our pay at source and direct it into a charity, so it’s clearly accountable that we’re not taking that money.’

Ms Mordaunt does not have children and said her only dependents were her four cats, and so she understood if other MPs chose not to follow her lead.

But she said the pay rise seemed excessive in the current economic climate.

Ms Mordaunt said: ‘I’m not setting a bar for any other MP, it’s entirely up to them what they do. But I think as community leaders, when we have public sector pay frozen, even if people think that we are underpaid for what we do, we should not take pay rises of that order.’

Ms Mordaunt said she was ‘deeply moved’ that voters had put their trust in her for another five years.

She said the Tories’ unexpected gains were down to voters’ belief they were better off than they were five years ago.

Ms Mordaunt said: ‘People feel that we have turned the country around.

‘We’ve created a climate which has enabled our businesses to thrive, our exports to increase, we’ve halved unemployment in the city and a load of other things.

‘I think people felt that had a tangible and positive effect on them.’

Ms Mordaunt secured 21,343 votes – almost half the total 45,547 ballots cast in Portsmouth North.

She increased her majority over her nearest rival from 7,289 in 2010 to 10,537.

Ms Mordaunt said she now wanted to focus on improving healthcare, the economy and residents’ quality of life.

She said she also wanted to tackle problems with car parking and poverty in Portsmouth.

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