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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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Pay must attract people from 'modest backgrounds'

Labour's Jack Straw has said MPs pay must increase to attract "people of modest backgrounds" into politics.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) is expected to increase MPs' pay by 11 per cent to take effect after the 2015 general election.

Jack Straw has said MPs pay must be able to attract people from 'modest backgrounds' Credit: PA Wire

Mr Straw, who will stand down as an MP at the next election, admitted there was never a right time to increase MPs pay but said the salary must be sufficient enough to attract a wide range of people including those who had not inherited family wealth or homes.

Speaking on Radio 4's The World This Weekend, the former Foreign Secretary questioned whether it was right MPs pay had "fallen so far behind" some primary and secondary school headteachers, local government figures and senior journalists.

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