PLANS to forge ahead with a ten per cent pay rise for MPs after next year’s general election have been slammed by the town’s representative.
Redditch MP Karen Lumley, who was heavily critical of the proposed rise when it was first announced by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority last year, said her position had not changed.
Politicians and the public reacted with disgust to the proposals, which would see pay soar from the current rate of £67,000 to £74,000 but IPSA bosses this week confirmed they were still implementing the plans.
Chief executive Marcial Boo told the media MPs did an important job and should not be paid ‘a miserly amount’ for their services.
Mrs Lumley told the Standard: “I said when this was first announced and I will say it again that this pay rise is indefensible.
“Hard-working people in my constituency do not understand why this is happening and frankly nor do I.
“Unfortunately this is out of Parliament’s hands but what we should do is leave it to a new Parliament to sort out after the general election.
“I didn’t come into politics for the money, I came in because I thought I could make a difference.”
Rebecca Blake, who will be contesting the seat for Labour in 2015, said she stood by her promise if she became MP she would give the money back to the public purse, potentially by asking pensioners she knew to opt out of their winter fuel allowance and then using her additional pay to reimburse them.
“No wonder so many people have a low opinion of politicians, many people cannot afford food and heating while MPs are discussing what to do with a ten per cent pay rise.”