‘Not living in the real world’ – Hartlepool MP Iain Wright slams ‘ridiculous’ pay rise proposals for politicians

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.
Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.

HARTLEPOOL MP Iain Wright said any pay rise for MPs would be “ridiculous” and he would strongly vote against any proposal to increase their income.

Mr Wright told the Mail those behind the calls for a 10 per cent rise for MPs are “not living in the real world”.

The comments from the town’s MP come after Chancellor George Osborne insisted a 10 per cent pay hike for MPs is “unacceptable” after the Commons watchdog reiterated its determination to push ahead with the rise.

The Chancellor suggested the move will be blocked after the General Election, stressing that the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority’s (Ipsa) position was not “final”.

The comments, in an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, came after new Ipsa chief executive Marcial Boo reiterated its commitment to the increase from £67,000 to £74,000.

Mr Wright told the Mail: “This is ridiculous and those calling for it are not living in the real world.

“If it came to a vote, I would strongly be voting against.”

He added there is already a disconnect between politicians and the general public and this would only make that worse.

Mr Boo said the economy was recovering and politicians should not be paid a “miserly amount”.

He said: “It is not an easy thing to do. We want to have good people doing the job and they need to be paid fairly.”