MPs want 32% pay rise

MPs have been accused of living in "cloud cuckoo land" after demanding their salaries are hiked by a third to £86,000.

Two thirds of MPs believe they are underpaid

According to the research by YouGov, 69% of MPs thought they were underpaid on £65,738.

On average:

  • Conservatives said their salary should be £96,740
  • Lib Dems thought the right amount was £78,361
  • Labour £77,322 was appropriate

One MP insisted they should get £40,000 or less, but a fifth of those questioned said they deserved £95,000 or more.

The overall average suggestion was £86,250.

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MPs call for 32% pay hike

Research by Ipsa has found that 35% of MPs believe they deserved to keep their gold-plated pensions.

MPs have suggested a 32% pay hike to the Commons expenses watchdog. An anonymous survey for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa)also found that 35% of MPs believe they deserve to keep their gold-plated pensions.

The findings emerged as Ipsa published a report on its initial consultation into pay and pensions.

The survey follows research by YouGov that 69% of MPs think they are underpaid on their current salary of £65,738.

The research found that 27% of the MPs wanted their pay to go up by more than 1% over the next two years - despite public sector rises and most working age benefits being capped at that level.