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Minister Tobias Ellwood sorry for pay gripe

By Rod Minchin

Published 20/07/2015

Apology: Tobias Ellwood
Apology: Tobias Ellwood

A Government minister has apologised for saying he had to "watch the pennies" on his near £100,000 a year salary.

Tobias Ellwood, a junior minister at the Foreign Office earning around £90,000 a year, had been criticised after saying a pay rise for MPs was "well overdue".

The Conservative MP for Bournemouth East had written to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority to "speak for the silent majority" of MPs who are not independently wealthy.

The former soldier, who on top of his basic £67,000 salary also earns around £20,000 for his ministerial role, said he recognised his comments on his "confidential submission" were "inappropriate and insensitive".

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