The authority behind plans to give MPs an 11% pay rise has insisted the planned increase will go ahead despite criticism of the proposal.
The judge in a trial of two of Nigella Lawson's former aides has told the jurors to ignore widely-reported comments by the Prime Minister.
Today's proposed pay rises MPs has been reflected in the media as an outrage, when what is outrageous is the tone of debate.
Lily Allen has posted a "selfie" with Labour leader Ed Miliband on her Instagram account, writing, "#lilliband lol".
Political "selfies" seem to have become increasingly popular since David Cameron's infamous shot with US President Barack Obama and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.
The chairman of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) has defended his decision to increase MPs' pay, arguing that the overall package will "not cost the taxpayer a penny more".
Speaking to ITV News, Sir Ian Kennedy said the authority had been playing "catch up" after previous recommendations to increase MPs' pay were ignored.
The TaxPayers' Alliance said the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has demonstrated it was "not fit for purpose" after it published its recommendations to increase MPs' pay by 11 per cent.
Spokesman Jonathan Isaby said: "This unaccountable bureaucratic monster of a quango, which was supposed to help restore public faith in Parliament after the 2009 MPs' expenses scandal, has in fact just succeeded in turning the clock back four years.
"It beggars belief that Ipsa felt it an appropriate use of taxpayers' money to run up a bill in excess of £70,000 on opinion surveys, citizens' juries and focus groups.
"But it is beyond contempt that Ipsa completely ignored the very research which showed the public to think that MPs' pay is currently 'broadly fair'.
"The body which ought to be representing the interests of voters and taxpayers has unceremoniously put two fingers up at the lot of us."
MPs will receive a bumper pay rise of 11%, under a pension and expenses reform package announced by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.
The pay rise means they will be among the better paid politicians within Europe, - the average salary of a French politician currently stands at £57,832 a year, whilst in Sweden it stands at around £71,500.
UK MPs will still be behind Germany though - their gross monthly salary is 7668 euros (£6,720) or £80,640 annually.
David Cameron has put "squidgy tennis balls" and "a bit of peace and quiet" at the top of his Christmas list this year.
The keen tennis fan said he had started playing the sport with his son Elwen, and wanted balls that would not travel too far when you "really whack" them.
Speaking to BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, he said: "If Santa's listening, you can get them down the chimney pretty easily and there will be a very happy recipient at the other end."
Sir Ian Kennedy, chair of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) has defended his controversial plans to give MPs a pay rise of 11%.
Sir Ian insisted that the package of pay reforms but together by his body could not be selected and deselected by popularity. He said:
"This is a package, a package of reforms. You cannot unpick it. You can't say that bit we like and that bit we do not."
He said research done by Ipsa indicated that the overall package had "significant" support from the public.
"Part of the package is that part they don't like, but the package as a whole has significant support from the public.
"The public is far more sophisticated than a lot of people think they are."
MPs will have to contribute more to their pensions under new pay proposals that will see salaries rise to £74,000 in 2015.
The proposals include:
- A one-off uplift in salary to £74,000 in 2015, an 11% rise on their current salaries.
- MPs' pay to be linked to average earnings - if they go up, so will MPs'
- Scrapping of "resettlement payments" worth tens of thousands of pounds per MP - to be replaced with "more modest" loss-of-office payments
- MPs will pay more into their pensions, putting them on par with those in other parts of the public sector
- Expenses and business costs will be more strictly monitored, and MPs will no longer be able to claim for their evening meal