Hartlepool leader attacks ‘appalling’ MP pay rise plans

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.
Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.

PLANS to increase MP’s salaries by £7,500 a year are “appalling” according to the town’s MP Iain Wright.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) is reported to be considering setting the pay rise, which would take an MP’s salary to £75,000.

Prime Minister David Cameron has already expressed his concerns about the potential rise, urging the body to “show restraint”.

And Hartlepool MP Iain Wright slammed the proposals amid the recent heavy cuts in the public sector.

Mr Wright told the Mail: “It’s just an absolutely ridiculous idea.

“When the public are facing such savage cuts it’s wrong to propose a wage rise for MPs.

“The public would not accept it and I think we need to show some leadership here and say it isn’t going to happen.”

Mr Wright admitted he doesn’t know all of the logistics of the proposals but said he hopes a lot of MPs will feel the same as he does.

“I knew the pay when I took this job, every MP did and it has never been an issue,” he said.

“The public won’t agree with it at all and rightly so, it’s an appalling idea.”

Mr Cameron claimed it would be “unthinkable” to make Westminster more expensive to the taxpayer.

He said: “Whatever Ipsa recommends we can’t see the cost of politics or Westminster going up.

“We should see the cost of Westminster go down.”

It’s been reported Ipsa will suggest the pay rise to come into effect in 2015, coupled with much higher pension contributions.

Alex Cunningham, Stockton North’s MP, said: “The Parliamentary Standards Authority is entirely responsible for it. At the moment it is all speculation and I am waiting to see what the proposals are.”

Easington MP Grahame Morris, Phil Wilson and MP for Sedgefield, were not available for comment.