Labour veterans hit out at Tories for opposing £3k pay rise for MPs amid looming recession
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As millions of people are out of work due to the coronavirus and the worst recession in history is looming, MPs are expected to get a 4.1 percent salary increase. This would boost their salaries from £81,932 to a staggering £85,232.
This is almost three times medium annual pay in the UK, which stands at £31,461, according to official figures.
Despite the pay rise being recommended by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), Boris Johnson has opposed it.
His official spokesman said: “MPs’ salaries are obviously decided by an independent body but given the circumstances, the Prime Minister doesn’t believe MPs should be receiving a pay rise.”
Dehenna Davison, MP for Bishop Auckland, and 40 Tory newcomers have led the brigade to stop the outrageous pay rise to show solidarity with the public.
But now, Labour veterans have lashed out at the Conservative MPs with one dubbing them “pious, hair-shirt Tory newbies”.
One MP said: “Of course we don’t think jacking up MPs’ pay at such a time is appropriate.
“But some of these new Tories have to remember that in the wake of the MPs’ expenses scandal, it was agreed that we would no longer decide our own pay rises.
“It’s done independently and we have to respect that process.”
The MP outrageously declared MPs need to have a substantial pay rise in order to afford the luxury of owning two homes – one in their constituency and one in London.
He told the Mail on Sunday: “Some of these newly-elected MPs are quite young and they may have had a big pay rise when they got in.
“But they have to realise that being an MP means for most of us maintaining two homes or accommodation – one in the constituency and one in London – and that can be expensive.”
Another veteran added: “I suspect some of these younger MPs feel they can be all virtuous and self-denying as some of them may have just had a big pay rise when they became an MP.”
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However, a number of Tory MPs have argued a pay rise at this time would be inappropriate and backed Mr Johnson’s rejection of the IPSA recommendation.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has also agreed MPs should not have a £3,000 pay rise and argued the money should be given to key workers.
Ms Davison added: “With some public sector workers having their pay frozen, it’s a no-brainer that we as MPs should have ours frozen.”
While Tory MP Richard Holden argued: “The only public sector pay-rise Labour MPs are really interested in is their own.”
The median annual pay for full-time employees stood at £31,461 for the tax year ending April 5, 2020, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The experts said this was a 3.6 percent increase on the previous year, but warned annual pay estimates have been largely unaffected by the pandemic.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, millions of people have been unable to go to work as businesses shut up and down the country.
In August, Chancellor Rishi Sunak warned “hard times are here” as the UK economy crumbled into the worst ever recession.
Mr Sunak said: “I’ve said before that hard times were ahead, and today’s figures confirm that hard times are here.
“Hundreds of thousands of people have already lost their jobs, and sadly in the coming months many more will.
“But while there are difficult choices to be made ahead, we will get through this, and I can assure people that nobody will be left without hope or opportunity.”
This marks the first time in 11 years the UK has entered into a recession.
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