MPs are to be handed a £7,600 pay rise after a watchdog refused to bow to pressure from political leaders to scale back the rise at a time voters are feeling the squeeze.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) will unveil its final proposals next week - including boosting MPs salaries to £74,000 from 2015 - 11 per cent higher than they get at present.
It is expected to try to temper criticism by announcing a tougher-than-expected squeeze on MPs' pensions in a bid to cancel out the £4.6 million cost to the public purse.
More top news
More than 20 people are still unaccounted for after a huge blaze broke out at the 'rave cave' club night.
President Michel Temer arrived in Chapeco to oversee the remaining repatriation of victims of the Colombia plane crash.
Most parts will be dry this afternoon, although there are a few showers out to the western fringes of Britain.