Former PM Tony Blair backs pay rise for MPs

Tony Blair Credit: PA Wire

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has called for a pay rise for MPs, claiming low wages limit the "gene pool" for producing good leaders.

It comes after Labour leader Ed Miliband said he opposed a planned 11% pay rise for MPs and pledged to cut his ministers pay by 5% if he wins the general election.

In an article for The New York Times, Mr Blair also said too few politicians have "real life experience in responsible positions" before entering politics.

The former Labour leader also warned about the pitfalls of social media for politicians.

"Social media is exciting and can effect real and positive change, but it is also the domain of the loudmouth - and those who shout loudest don't necessarily deserve to be heard most," he said.