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Cameron urges MPs' pay rise u-turn

Published 08/06/2015

David Cameron says it is not too late for Ipsa to change its mind on an MPs' pay increase
David Cameron says it is not too late for Ipsa to change its mind on an MPs' pay increase

It is not too late for the body which sets MPs' pay to back down on an inflation-busting 10% hike it is planning for their salaries, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

Ministers have repeatedly urged the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority to think again about the £7,000 rise to £74,000, which it first recommended in 2013.

And the proposed increase has sparked public anger, with more than 375,000 people signing a petition on the website calling for Mr Cameron to reject it as "unfair and unjust while Britain is going through austerity".

But Ipsa says it sees no "material" reason to change its proposal. Unless a consultation produces "new and compelling evidence" by the end of the month, the move will be confirmed, with the rise backdated to May 8.

Speaking at the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in Germany, Mr Cameron said: " I've been very clear that I think this is not the right approach. It's not the right time. It's not the right deal, and they should think again.

"And they've got time to - they've got time to think again and so they should.

"You know, I'm not the one proposing this increase. I'm the one opposing this increase. And Ipsa have time to think again, and so they should do that."

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