Bristol MPs against 32 pay rise
Three MPs in the Bristol area have said they are against a 32 per cent pay rise which would see their salary jump to more than £86,000 a year.
Kerry McCarthy (Lab, Bristol East) said: "I don't think it would be acceptable for MPs to have anything over and above the one per cent pay rise that public sector workers are getting - and is actually what we're getting - and what benefits rises for some of the people on the lowest incomes are also being held at.
"I would like to see a system whereby MPs pay is set at a civil service grade and the decision regarding pay rises is depoliticised – we shouldn't be voting on our own pay."
Charlotte Leslie (Con, Bristol North West) said: "I certainly don't think there should be a pay rise, particularly at a time when others are struggling with pay freezes and cuts.
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"In this current climate I would be dead against any increase – I wouldn't be able to look my constituents in the face."
Chris Skidmore (Con, Kingswood) said: "It's not my view. I think MPs are paid well enough; I know from my own experience locally that MPs are paid significantly better than most people and I won't be calling for any increase."
The majority of MPs called for the increase in a survey carried out by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.