PM: MPs' pay rise 'unacceptable'

David Cameron has said he thinks it would be "simply unacceptable" for MPs to get a pay rise "at a time of public sector pay restraint". A proposed 11% rise would take MPs' standard salary to £74,000 by 2015.

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Party leaders condemn MP pay rise during austerity

A £2.5 million saving by downgrading the final salary scheme for MPs to career average - matching the rest of the public sector - had already been proposed alongside a crackdown on various perks.

MPs in the House of Commons. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

All three main party leaders have condemned the increase at a time of national austerity, with both Labour's Ed Miliband and Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg pledged to shun the extra money.

David Cameron has stopped short of matching that pledge - and is under pressure from some Tory MPs to back the increase - but has said Westminster pay should not rise while others face restraint.

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