Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP slams pay increase

HALESOWEN and Rowley Regis MP James Morris has confirmed he will not accept the proposed 11 per cent pay rise.

He said: "I have said from the start that it is a serious misjudgement for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) to introduce an increase of this size at a time when most other people face much more modest pay rises.

"There are encouraging signs that average wages are starting to rise again, after a long period of pay cuts, freezes and very small increases, but IPSA should not have considered raising MPs’ pay until the people we represent start to get similar pay rises."

He added: "I believe that the cost of politics should be coming down, not going up, and so I will not accept an 11 per cent pay rise if I am re-elected in 2015."

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4:51pm Tue 17 Dec 13

deanperks@live.com says...

Well said! Credit where its due.
Well said! Credit where its due. deanperks@live.com
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11:10pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Sam Vimes says...

....and the procession of misdirection continues.

The changes won't cost the tax payer more. But it will mean less expenses and allowances for MPs. As well as higher pension contributions by them. Could that be the real source of the objection?

Weren't UKIP championing the fire fighters for striking about their forced pension increases? Perhaps the fire fighters can just ignore the decision by the government. Just like they're telling us they will ignore the IPSA decision.

Let's hope they don't try to hold a protest march. They'd have to ask to have themselves arrested.
....and the procession of misdirection continues. The changes won't cost the tax payer more. But it will mean less expenses and allowances for MPs. As well as higher pension contributions by them. Could that be the real source of the objection? Weren't UKIP championing the fire fighters for striking about their forced pension increases? Perhaps the fire fighters can just ignore the decision by the government. Just like they're telling us they will ignore the IPSA decision. Let's hope they don't try to hold a protest march. They'd have to ask to have themselves arrested. Sam Vimes
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12:29am Wed 18 Dec 13

deanperks@live.com says...

The firefighters strike was about much more than pension increases. MP's pensions are a joke on there own. I say £120,000 salary and no expenses! Soon be travelling second class and using b&b's!
The firefighters strike was about much more than pension increases. MP's pensions are a joke on there own. I say £120,000 salary and no expenses! Soon be travelling second class and using b&b's! deanperks@live.com
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9:09am Thu 19 Dec 13

BrassedOff says...

Maybe he could donate the extra 11% pay rise to local foodbanks?

Though after he voted this week against helping the 500,000 people who use them, perhaps not?
Maybe he could donate the extra 11% pay rise to local foodbanks? Though after he voted this week against helping the 500,000 people who use them, perhaps not? BrassedOff
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10:12am Thu 19 Dec 13

deanperks@live.com says...

He won't get re-elected so not really an issue for him.
He won't get re-elected so not really an issue for him. deanperks@live.com
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