MP Mark WILL take £7,000 pay raise

Sherwood and District General Election count and results at the Dukeries Leisure Centre, Boughton. Re-elected Mark Spencer

Sherwood and District General Election count and results at the Dukeries Leisure Centre, Boughton. Re-elected Mark Spencer

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Hucknall MP Mark Spencer has said he would accept a controversial pay rise proposed for elected members.

MPs across Britain are set to be handed a £7,000 annual pay rise by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) with many saying they would give the cash to charity.

But Mr Spencer says he would not be doing that, adding: “MPs don’t do themselves any favour by talking about it.

“MPs got themselves into a real mess with expenses a few years ago, and the result of that was for it to be decided by an independent body, which was the right thing to do.

“I will accept what they say. We should be the last people deciding our own pay.

“Whatever the wage is, I will do the job, whether the wage goes up or goes down.

“There has been proposals to cut the pension rights and expenses, we should stop whinging and get on with it.”

Nottingham North MP Graham Allen refused to answer whether he would take the rise, saying: “It’s been talked about for three years without it happening so I’ll believe it when I see it.”

In contrast, Mansfield MP Sir Alan Meale has said he would give his pay rise to charity, and Ashfield MP, Gloria De Piero, labelled the proposed pay rise as ‘totally wrong and totally immoral’ urging others to reject it or give it away.

Downing Street said the rise was ‘not appropriate’, but Ipsa, the body which sets MP’s pay, has said unless there is ‘new and compelling evidence,’ MPs’ pay will rise by 10 per cent from £67,060 to £74,000.