Catherine-West-cropped.jpgI am frustrated by the news this week that MPs are to get a £7,000 pay rise, despite opposition from the general public and many other MPs.

I do not support the rise at all. We’re public servants and, at a time when public sector staff are facing caps on their pay at a 1% rise, it’s not right that MPs are seeing a 10% increase.

It is well known that David Cameron is against the pay rise, but has stopped short of intervening. While it is right that these decisions are made by an independent body, the Prime Minister should be able to convey to IPSA that a pay rise is inappropriate; a feeling shared by many in the House.

At a time when many are struggling with the high cost of living, I feel public money could be better utilised elsewhere. Over the coming weeks I will be assessing all possible options for alternative uses for the extra income, including donations to charities, community initiatives and third sector organisations.

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