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TaxPayers' Alliance: MPs' pay rise is an insult

The TaxPayers' Alliance has said a proposal to increasing MPs' pay to £74,000 amounts to "putting up two fingers to the British public".

The idea of hiking MPs' pay when everyone else has been suffering such a squeeze on their earnings is totally unpalatable. MPs do an important job and work hard, but they already earn nearly three times the national average and more than most of their European counterparts.

The extensive research commissioned by Ipsa has demonstrated that people think the current level of pay to be broadly fair, so this announcement amounts to an unaccountable quango putting up two fingers to the British public.

– TaxPayers' Alliance chief executive Matthew Sinclair