Bassetlaw MP John Mann will vote against suggested pay rise

John Mann is celebrating 10 years as an MP (w110610-3c)
John Mann is celebrating 10 years as an MP (w110610-3c)

Bassetlaw MP John Mann has said the suggestion by an independent body to give MPs a huge pay increase is a ‘ridiculous proposal’.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is an independent body set up to regulate the pay and pensions of MPS after the expenses scandal.

Now, following a survey of MPs, it is expected that they will recommend an increase of about 15 per cent taking the salary of an MP from £66,000 to almost £75,000 after the 2015 election.

“It is an absurd suggestion,” said Worksop’s John Mann. “The country is struggling in a recession and MPs should not be doing better than others in their communities.

“This idea makes IPSA appear totally out of touch.”

With many employees in the private and public sector suffering a pay freeze for several years, Mr Mann said it wouldn’t seem right and he would vote against such proposals.

“By Worksop standards my salary is very good.It is less than the police and hospital chiefs and secondary school headteachers but it is perfectly adequate.

“It puts the credibility of IPSA into doubt but I don’t believe it will happen. I will be voting against it.”