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Clegg wouldn't accept pay rise

Nick Clegg has warned the public would not understand it if MPs were awarded a bumper pay rise. The Deputy Prime Minister said that he would not accept an award well in excess of the pay increases for other public sector workers.

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  1. Libby Wiener

Cameron and Clegg send clear message on MP pay rises

After public spending cuts were announced last week, you wouldn't think it was the best time for MPs to be getting a very big pay rise.

Nick Clegg said he wouldn't be taking a rise, although he stopped short of telling his own backbenchers they should make a similar sacrifice.

David Cameron called on Ipsa to "show restraint" Credit: PA Wire

One reason for that is the fact this recommendation is set to come from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), who apparently believe MPs' pay has fallen well behind.

An anonymous survey of MPs carried out in January also suggested that seven out of 10 felt they were underpaid..

David Cameron said Ipsa should "show restraint", and I think there is a clear message that the pay rise should not be so high as to embarrass ministers and create friction with backbenchers.

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