Sir Bob Russell has labelled the

Essex County Standard: Our 11% pay rise is bonkers, says MP Our 11% pay rise is bonkers, says MP

SIR Bob Russell has described plans to give MPs an 11 per cent pay rise as “bonkers”.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is expected to recommend MPs’ salaries are increased by £7,600 to £74,000 after the 2015 General Election.

Colchester MP Sir Bob criticised the rise, but said he spends about £5,000 a year subsidising his work and would use the money to plug the gap.

He said: “I have not asked for a salary increase, but I would like to be able to operate without having to use part of my salary to subsidise what I do across my 80-hour, seven-day week.

“The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has told MPs they cannot opt out of taking the increase.

Sir Bob added: “If I am reelected it will go towards a continuation of me contributing towards paying some of my operating costs and costs associated with my role, along with donations to causes my wife and I support, which is what we already do without fanfare.”

The authority was given responsibility for Westminster pay and expenses in 2009 in the wake of the expenses scandal.

MPs were stripped of the power to set their own pay in a move intended to take away political controversy.

In an anonymous survey conducted by the authority earlier this year, one-fifth said they should get £95,000 or more and the average was £86,250. The plan is to make the wage £74,000.

It is believed to have drawn up a tougher-than-expected squeeze on pension schemes, forcing MPs to pay in more and the taxpayer less, on top of a crackdown on claims for dinner, taxis and tea and biscuits.

Sir Bob said: “I was not best pleased with the bonkers decision.

“If the determination of our salaries was still made by Parliament I am confident what Ipsa has decided would not have happened.

“The authority should be looking at the salaries of MPs’ staff.

“I would like my small team, and other public employees, to have a decent increase in their wages rather than what has been announced for MPs.”

What other MPs think of the pay rise

WITHAM MP Priti Patel said the cost of politics should go down, not up.

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She said she is disappointed the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority had not taken public sector pay into account in its recommendation.

She said: “I am disappointed it has not reflected this view when it reviewed this issue.

“The cost of politics should go down and not up.”

She refused to comment on what she would do with the pay rise.

 

CLACTON MP Douglas Carswell said plans to increase MPs’ pay by 11 per cent are offensive, absurd and uncalled for.

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He said: “Having given this quango responsibility, it seems to be doing just about everything it can to undermine whatever confidence was left in the system.

“MPs’ salaries have been frozen for five years and it absurdly wants to hike them up by thousands of pounds.

“I can only imagine what local nurses and people in the public sector feel about this.”

Tim Young, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Clacton, said Mr Carswell should donate the pay rise to charity.

Mr Carswell refused to comment on what he would do with the extra money.

 

BRAINTREE MP Brooks Newmark said anything more than a 1 per cent pay rise would be inappropriate.

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He added: “Given we are asking public sector workers for pay restraint, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority should treat MPs like all public sector workers.”

He refused to comment on what he might do with the pay rise.

 

MALDON’S MP said the 11 per cent pay rise should be accepted.

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John Whittingdale said the independent Parliamentary Standards Authority should be allowed to push the raise through. He added: “Having argued an independent body should set the pay, I believe we should accept its recommendations.”

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8:14am Wed 11 Dec 13

TheEqualisers says...

This is typical of Old Bob and the mark of a good man and his family..If only the rest of colchester followed suit in his attitude and ethos...

I dont see the chief of colchester council or the hospital trust coming out with morality statements like this.

He calls a Spade what it is there no flim flam with Bob and his family...

At least the town is in good hands with....God help Stanway though on the other hand...One does not believe a word that MP says on the subject matter. :-(
This is typical of Old Bob and the mark of a good man and his family..If only the rest of colchester followed suit in his attitude and ethos... I dont see the chief of colchester council or the hospital trust coming out with morality statements like this. He calls a Spade what it is there no flim flam with Bob and his family... At least the town is in good hands with....God help Stanway though on the other hand...One does not believe a word that MP says on the subject matter. :-( TheEqualisers

9:20am Wed 11 Dec 13

jim_bo says...

Here we go again, Boo Hoo Bob "oh it costs me £5k a year from my own pocket" what tosh!

You get very generous expenses and claim for everything. The £65k a year wage pack and perks is very generous so quit bleating onto the papers.

Of course non of the MP's questions said they wouldn't accept it!
Here we go again, Boo Hoo Bob "oh it costs me £5k a year from my own pocket" what tosh! You get very generous expenses and claim for everything. The £65k a year wage pack and perks is very generous so quit bleating onto the papers. Of course non of the MP's questions said they wouldn't accept it! jim_bo

9:58am Wed 11 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

The gravy train keeps rolling along. Why do you think Bob is standing again for another 5 years.

Stop bleating about how many hours you do, many others do far more worthwhile and productive work, for much less than an MP gets, without the added benefits of a generous expenses pot to fund travel and other costs that everyone else has to pay out of their own pockets.
The gravy train keeps rolling along. Why do you think Bob is standing again for another 5 years. Stop bleating about how many hours you do, many others do far more worthwhile and productive work, for much less than an MP gets, without the added benefits of a generous expenses pot to fund travel and other costs that everyone else has to pay out of their own pockets. Say It As It Is OK?

11:26am Wed 11 Dec 13

Jess Jephcott says...

MPs are way down the salary line when you compare them with some public sector workers. They deserve more than they get for the job that they do in my opinion. I would reduce the salaries of some of these ineffectual bosses that we so regularly read about and give that money to our hard working MPs instead.
MPs are way down the salary line when you compare them with some public sector workers. They deserve more than they get for the job that they do in my opinion. I would reduce the salaries of some of these ineffectual bosses that we so regularly read about and give that money to our hard working MPs instead. Jess Jephcott

11:41am Wed 11 Dec 13

SAndrewss says...

If the appointed independent panel has examined the situation and concluded that such a rise is appropriate, then fair enough, as long as the justification can be demonstrated. I do wonder how much the independent panel charged to come up with their recommendations though.
Nevertheless, the more absurd action in all of this, are by those MP's coming out (that's how rumours start) and using the media in this way to try and collect votes, it is so transparent and manipulative, yet we still have people saying 'well done Bob, you tell 'em' . I'm mildly astonished by some peoples apparent naivity.
If the appointed independent panel has examined the situation and concluded that such a rise is appropriate, then fair enough, as long as the justification can be demonstrated. I do wonder how much the independent panel charged to come up with their recommendations though. Nevertheless, the more absurd action in all of this, are by those MP's coming out (that's how rumours start) and using the media in this way to try and collect votes, it is so transparent and manipulative, yet we still have people saying 'well done Bob, you tell 'em' . I'm mildly astonished by some peoples apparent naivity. SAndrewss

11:57am Wed 11 Dec 13

SAndrewss says...

Following on from my post above: There are currently 650 MP's, by giving each an annual pay rise of £7,600 (obviously that must be prior to taxation), then that equates to almost £5 million annual increase.
With things like the turning off of Colchesters street lights saving an estimated £132,000 annually, in a very simplified view, it's quite understandable why local people would by and large be insensed by this news.
Following on from my post above: There are currently 650 MP's, by giving each an annual pay rise of £7,600 (obviously that must be prior to taxation), then that equates to almost £5 million annual increase. With things like the turning off of Colchesters street lights saving an estimated £132,000 annually, in a very simplified view, it's quite understandable why local people would by and large be insensed by this news. SAndrewss

5:17pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Ontheball says...

So Russell says it is bonkers, but will still take the hand out. Hypocrite.
So Russell says it is bonkers, but will still take the hand out. Hypocrite. Ontheball

8:36pm Wed 11 Dec 13

25414nora says...

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. I.P.S.A.. "Wow" now that's what I call a Trade Union. (with muscle)..11%, It's a pay offer you cant refuse. 'literally'
I recall back in the 60/70s I was a Union rep GMBU (general municipal boiler workers union). I tried to get a 3% rise for the workforce. Management called me a "commie", a "Red, Trotsky etc,. One law for them Eh?
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. I.P.S.A.. "Wow" now that's what I call a Trade Union. (with muscle)..11%, It's a pay offer you cant refuse. 'literally' I recall back in the 60/70s I was a Union rep GMBU (general municipal boiler workers union). I tried to get a 3% rise for the workforce. Management called me a "commie", a "Red, Trotsky etc,. One law for them Eh? 25414nora

11:10am Thu 12 Dec 13

Checkout says...

Comments by Bernard Jenkin? I'm worth it!
Comments by Bernard Jenkin? I'm worth it! Checkout

3:32pm Thu 12 Dec 13

wormshero says...

John Whittingdale seems to be an exception among MPs who seemingly thinks he deserves more a huge payrise at a time where everyone else is struggling. We're all in it together, after all.
John Whittingdale seems to be an exception among MPs who seemingly thinks he deserves more a huge payrise at a time where everyone else is struggling. We're all in it together, after all. wormshero

5:02pm Thu 12 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

4% would be fair paid 2015.anything else would be an insult to all.
4% would be fair paid 2015.anything else would be an insult to all. stevedawson

10:31am Fri 13 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

The worlds a muddle and the older you get the bigger the muddle appears.what bunch of absolute idiots make up the quango?
The worlds a muddle and the older you get the bigger the muddle appears.what bunch of absolute idiots make up the quango? stevedawson

11:42am Sat 14 Dec 13

John Vencato says...

Some of the posts above appear varied on a difficult subject however Mr Jephcott does have a point in case.
They do appear poorly recompensed, in comparison to others at an equivalent level.
This will probably glean a number of thumbs downs, however I think a rise was needed of some proportion, but as Mr Dawson stated at a lesser amount.
One apologises if my remark has upset anyone on here.
Jon Vencato
Some of the posts above appear varied on a difficult subject however Mr Jephcott does have a point in case. They do appear poorly recompensed, in comparison to others at an equivalent level. This will probably glean a number of thumbs downs, however I think a rise was needed of some proportion, but as Mr Dawson stated at a lesser amount. One apologises if my remark has upset anyone on here. Jon Vencato John Vencato

12:05pm Sat 14 Dec 13

wardyt says...

John Vencato wrote:
Some of the posts above appear varied on a difficult subject however Mr Jephcott does have a point in case.
They do appear poorly recompensed, in comparison to others at an equivalent level.
This will probably glean a number of thumbs downs, however I think a rise was needed of some proportion, but as Mr Dawson stated at a lesser amount.
One apologises if my remark has upset anyone on here.
Jon Vencato
Maybe if you take their salary in isolation they do, but what about everything they squeeze through as 'expenses' ?
[quote][p][bold]John Vencato[/bold] wrote: Some of the posts above appear varied on a difficult subject however Mr Jephcott does have a point in case. They do appear poorly recompensed, in comparison to others at an equivalent level. This will probably glean a number of thumbs downs, however I think a rise was needed of some proportion, but as Mr Dawson stated at a lesser amount. One apologises if my remark has upset anyone on here. Jon Vencato[/p][/quote]Maybe if you take their salary in isolation they do, but what about everything they squeeze through as 'expenses' ? wardyt

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