I do not ap­prove of ex­tra pay for MPs

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

THERE has been much talk re­cently about the gov­ern­ment re­fus­ing to agree to a one per cent pay rise for NHS work­ers.

In Septem­ber, the In­de­pen­dent Par­lia­men­tary Stan­dards Au­thor­ity (IPSA) rec­om­mended a nine per cent pay rise for MPs. Its chief ex­ec­u­tive said MPs do an im­por­tant job and should not be paid a ‘miserly amount’.

He rec­om­mended their pay should go up from £67,000 a year to £74,000 a year.

Most peo­ple find the idea of MPs get­ting a nine per cent pay rise to be to­tally out­ra­geous, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the gov­ern­ment is re­fus­ing to al­low NHS staff to have a one per cent rise, de­spite a rec­om­men­da­tion by an in­de­pen­dent pay re­view board.

I support NHS staff ’s claim for a one per cent rise, and if I am elected as MP for Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip, I will not ac­cept any pay rise.

I would do­nate the ex­tra £7,000 a year to a lo­cal char­ity for the full term of the next gov­ern­ment.

I ex­pect the peo­ple of Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip would like to know if the Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date, Boris John­son, is will­ing to join me in waiv­ing this pay rise and donat­ing it to char­ity.

Con­sid­er­ing an MP’s salary would also come on top of the £143,911 he gets as his salary as Mayor of London, and also sig­nif­i­cant in­come as a book au­thor, a news­pa­per colum­nist and a TV pre­sen­ter, I would have thought he could af­ford to go with­out this £7,000.

IPSA’s fi­nal re­port is ex­pected after the elec­tion in May but the peo­ple of Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip can rest as­sured that what­ever the pay rise given to MPs, I will not ac­cept one penny but will do­nate the ex­tra money ev­ery year to a de­serv­ing char­ity.

CHRIS SUM­MERS Labour prospec­tive par­lia­men­tary can­di­date for Uxbridge and

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