Business Secretary Vince Cable suggested that MPs should reject anticipated pay rises of up to £7,500.
"The attitude of the public will be very hostile if the political class decides to put its own interests before the wider national interest," Cable said, amid reports that hefty pay rises for MPs are under consideration by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority,
"MPs have to understand that people are putting up with a great deal of hardship and they would not understand (pay rises for MPs)."
Nick Clegg has warned the public would not understand it if MPs were awarded a bumper pay rise.
With so much focus on MPs pay, how do their salaries match up with that of their European and US counterparts.