TWO of South Essex’s MPs said they should not have a recommended £6,000 salary increase.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has recommended MPs salaries should go up to £74,000.
“We shouldnot see the cost of politics or Westminster going up. We should see it go down instead.”
Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris added: “I supported decisions on MPs pay being handed to the Independent Standards Authority, because it wasn’t right that MPs had a say over their own pay.
“But it’s incomprehensible they are consulting on a pay rise when most working people are not seeing real terms increases.”
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, which is overseen by chairman Sir Ian Kennedy, was set up in 2009 following the expenses scandal.
It will now consult with MPs over its recommendations.
While it has recommended a nine per cent wage increase, it wants to cut perks, such as meal allowances and taxis, and downgrade MPs’ pensions.
It also plans to end “golden goodbyes” forMPs who retire or are dismissed.
He said: “I believe these proposals would represent a cost saving to the taxpayer, simplify expenses, and once and for all increase public confidence in the system.”
When pressed on whether he would take a rise, he said: “There is no point commenting on hypothetical situations until they are no longer hypothetical.
“A third party has made the recommendations, but people are still complaining.”
“I suspect, after the consultation, this proposal will either be watered down or abandoned.”