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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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South Cumbria MPs turn down chance to sign petition against pay increase

NONE of South Cumbria’s MPs have signed a petition against a proposed salary rise.

The independent Parliamentary Standards Authority wants to raise MPs’ salaries by 11 per cent, or £7,600, to £74,000 in 2015.

An Early Day Motion filed by Labour MP John Mann has been backed by fewer than 20 MPs, with none of South Cumbria’s MPs backing the motion to limit a pay rise to one per cent.

However, John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness; Jamie Reed, MP for Copeland; and Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, have all said they are opposed to the proposals.

Mr Farron said: “I hadn’t signed this motion because I hoped my opposition to the pay increase was well known.

“It is right that MPs’ pay is no longer decided by MPs, and right that an independent body now makes that choice – but it shows a shocking example in difficult times like these for MPs to be awarded an increase. I have already objected to this rise when it was first suggested several months ago and I remain strongly of the view that this should not be happening.”

Both Mr Reed and Mr Woodcock have voiced opposition to the rise.

Mr Reed’s office said frontbenchers do not sign EDMs while Mr Woodcock vowed to give any increase to charity along with Mr Farron.

The Evening Mail asked readers for their views on what MPs should do with the extra cash.

A poll on the Mail’s website showed that 93 per cent of people who voted thought MPs should refuse their pay rise.

And on the Mail’s Facebook page Dawn Lancaster urged the MPs to give the money back to the community, while Andy Barlow said: “I think if they accept the pay rise then they should not claim any expenses.”

Angela Barratt added: “If they truly don’t want it then they can give it to a worthwhile charity” and Jennifer Taylor suggested: “Use it to pay for a local elderly person’s heating bill over winter or make sure they have a hot meal every night in that period.”

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Well sign the petition then. Your all the same. Line your own pockets while the rest have to suffer. Nothing has changed has it over centuries really.

Posted by Mr Sick of MP's on 23 December 2013 at 17:05

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