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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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Swinson: MPs salary level 'absolutely adequate'

Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson has said the present salary level for MPs is "absolutely adequate".

Amid reports that a pay rise of up to £7,500 is under consideration by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, she told the BBC: "I have no problems whatsoever with my salary".

Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson Credit: Press Association

Ms Swinson also said it was right that the "bad old days" of MPs setting their own pay had been ended but cautioned Ipsa that it had to take account of public sector pay curbs.

"I hope that the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority have looked in detail at all of the relevant issues to put this into context".

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