MPs across Portsmouth area split over salary increase proposal

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond
Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond
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  • Portsmouth MPs plan to donate share to local causes
  • But others say it’s down to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority whether they get 10 per cent rise
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MPs across the region are split over controversial plans to increase their salary.

Both of Portsmouth’s MPs say they would donate a proposed 10 per cent rise to good causes – while others plan to keep the extra cash.

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt

MPs draw £67,060 a year and the proposal would see their wage rise to about £74,000.

The move, which has been met with fury by other public sector workers who have seen little increase in their pay, was put forward by the independent body which regulates MPs’ salaries and expenses.

A consultation over the proposal finishes today.

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond will accept the money – but says that will further benefit the local causes she is already giving 10 per cent of her income to.

This money will be in MPs’ bank accounts whether they, or the public for that matter, like it or not.

Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery

She said: ‘Whether this pay rise happens or not, it was always my intention to give 10 per cent of my salary, so extra pay for me means extra help for those who need it.

‘The total sum I will give until 2020 will be £34,000 or £7,400 a year, if the rise takes place.

‘It will be 10 per cent of my original salary if it doesn’t.

‘I have already earmarked some money and other funds will be given as any need arises across the constituency.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage

‘I also do not claim for personal expenses, accommodation or travel to and from the constituency.’

But Havant MP Alan Mak says he will go along with the recommendation.

He said: ‘As a new MP, my first seven weeks have been extremely busy, focusing on dealing with residents’ casework, setting up my offices, making my maiden speech, and getting stuck into my Parliamentary work.

‘The review has not been on my mind.

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes

‘MPs do not vote or have any say on their pay or pensions any more, and that is how it should be.

‘MPs’ pay and pensions is now decided by Ipsa (the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority), an independent, statutory body.

‘I will comply and abide by whatever decision they finally make.’

Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery also ruled out rejecting it.

He said: ‘This money will be in MPs’ bank accounts whether they, or the public for that matter, like it or not.

‘This is the way things were set up after the expenses scandal so that, quite rightly, MPs never again controlled what they were paid.

Havant MP Alan Mak

Havant MP Alan Mak

‘It’s also worth knowing that the overall cost of MPs won’t go up as there will be reductions in MPs’ expenses and other entitlements that cancel out the salary increase.’

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt has written to Ipsa requesting it gives her increase to charities.

But she said she was in a position to reject it given that she also takes a salary as armed forces minister.

She said: ‘What I would like to do is donate mine to local causes, and will probably look to do that on a six-month to a year basis.

‘That’s the right thing to do.

‘I would stress to my constituents I am in a position to be able to do that, and other colleagues may not be.’

Ms Mordaunt added: ‘We are in difficult times financially as a country, and the unique aspect of our job is we are leaders of our communities.

‘It’s hard for us to maintain the confidence of the people we serve if we have such a massive pay jump in austere times.’

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage and Fareham MP Suella Fernandes were yesterday uavailable for comment.

Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery

Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery