Hartlepool MP “will vote against his pay rise”

Iain Wright
Iain Wright

HARTLEPOOL MP Iain Wright says he will vote against proposals to increase MPs’ pay by 11 per cent, if there is an opportunity.

Mr Wright is “completely opposed” to any inflation-busting pay rise recommended by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), which would see politicians’ wages rise from £66,396 to £74,000 after the 2015 General Election, costing taxpayers £4.6m.

The Labour MP branded the idea of the increase, “when many people are facing a huge cost of living crisis” as “both ridiculous and offensive”.

Easington MP Grahame Morris said MPs would study IPSA’s proposals when they are received on Thursday and speaking on behalf of Labour, added: “Decisions about MPs’ pay must be taken in light of the current economic situation.”