‘MP’s had no say in 10% pay rise’ says Shailesh Vara

MP Shailesh Vara

MP Shailesh Vara

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MPs had no say in the decision to give all members of parliament a 10% pay rise, Shailesh Vara has said.

Yesterday it was confirmed that MPs salaries would rise from £67,060 to £74,000 as laid out by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa).

The announcement has caused backlash as the rest of the public sector has seen pay capped at 1%, but blocking a rise finalised by Ipsa would require a change in the law.

Shailesh Vara, MP for North West Cambridgeshire, said: “Five years ago MPs gave up their right to vote on their own pay, pensions and allowances and they decided that all of this should be dealt with by IPSA, an independent body. This had huge public support.

“That independent body has made several decisions as regards pensions, allowances and salaries and the fact is, MPs have absolutely no say in the matter and cannot vote against the measures as they have given up their right to do so.”