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Lincoln MP Karl McCartney in favour of Commons pay rise

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney

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Lincoln MP Karl McCartney says the £65,738 a year MPs earn is not enough for the work they do.

Mr McCartney said that the salary does not adequately reflect the hours they put in and their wide-ranging roles.

He voiced his opinion after it emerged MPs want a 32 per cent pay rise.

One hundred members polled by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority said salaries should rise to an average of £86,250.

And more than a third believe they deserve final salary pensions in the anonymous study.

The poll of 100 MPs found that, on average, Conservatives wanted salaries of £96,740, Liberal Democrats thought they should get £78,361 and Labour members suggested £75,091.

One-fifth said their pay should be £95,000 or more, and 69 per cent of respondents said there weren’t paid enough.

MPs agreed to extend a pay freeze into this year after rejecting a 1 per cent rise in 2011.

The survey results have been adjusted to reflect the make-up of the Commons and were published after consultation on pay and pensions.

Mr McCartney said MPs should not be insulated from the economic challenges facing Britain, but said the wages they earn are the equivalent of “a London tube driver on overtime”.

He also stressed that MPs’ pension contribution rates have risen by 1.86 per cent to 13.85 per cent and pay has been frozen since 2010.

Mr McCartney said: “This salary is far from consummate with the role that many MPs from all political sides dutifully undertake, and indeed there are a large number of allowances that MPs are able to claim, but do not, due no doubt to various pressures, particularly from an unreasonable and unrealistic media and certain sectors of the public.

“Politics should be open to all and surely you need the best people to run the country.

“If you pay peanuts you get monkeys. There are altruistic reasons for entering politics but if you have a family and responsibilities, would you negate those to become and MP?

“I’m not saying we need to be paid massive amounts, but we cannot make it so that it’s in the negative.

“MPs need to regain the public’s respect and trust and it is right that many of those who abused that prior to 2010 are now no longer elected.”

Mr McCartney says the cost of IPSA, the independent organisation which monitors and controls MPs’ expenses, pay and pensions costs, has more than doubled to £7.5 million-plus a year, while MPs and their staff spend too much time form filling.

He suggests a new system where MPs get a monthly allowance to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence plus a salary, policed by the taxman, while expenses remain for staff and office costs.

Sleaford and North Hykeham MP Stephen Phillips said: “I do agree that successive Governments have ducked the issues of MPs’ pay, but I have personally voted against any increase in my salary until the economy recovers, as well as to hand over the setting of

my salary in the future to

IPSA as the independent regulator.

“I therefore now have no say in how much I am paid.”

Gainsborough MP Edward Leigh failed to respond to the Echo’s requests for a comment.

Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said that hiking politicians’ wages at a time of pay freezes, benefit caps and necessary spending cuts would be completely unpalatable to taxpayers.

“To do so would suggest that there is one rule for MPs and another for the rest of the country,” he said.

“Most people clearly think that an MP’s salary is currently about right.”

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  • fuchsianuts  |  August 14 2013, 11:04PM

    They should only get a 1% increase the same that they are holding millions to despite the fact that the cost of living is increasing at a much higher rate.

  • qwerty39  |  January 24 2013, 8:45PM

    I have just read the echo (Jan 24th) and not one letter for or against Karl McCartneys article unusual I thought. Our MP Karl McCartney seems to believe the an MPs salary of £65k+ is peanuts and all we will get for it are Monkeys. Enough said I think.

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  • InsideStory  |  January 20 2013, 8:10AM

    After sending two emails to my local MP on a very personal matter on the 27/12/1012 and the 4/01/2013 i have still not received a reply does anyone find that acceptable for someone who wants the tax payer to finance their pay rise ? Most MP's are not interested in the little people but only those that can benifit own views and careers .

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  • paulo_freire  |  January 19 2013, 10:15AM

    he will be earning this money for a while he a shoe in to take over from Edward Leigh when he looses lincoln in 2015 and Leigh retires. Jobs for the boys again.

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  • hurculese  |  January 19 2013, 8:47AM

    if MPs want a pay rise how about doing a days work for a change instead of sitting on ur backside shouting HEAR HEAR / BOOOOOOOOO £65.000 a year i would be happy with 1/2 that wouldn.t be so bad if they did something to earn it , you ask our MPs if they can do something and they say i will see what i can do . all MPs in our area don.t do nothing

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  • LincsCitizen  |  January 19 2013, 8:34AM

    Ok Mr McCartney you may think £65,738 a year is not enough but to compare your capacity to that of a monkey is a little unfair on the monkey.

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  • IT_MAN  |  January 18 2013, 10:38PM

    They should be limited to 1% same as those on benefits as after all being an MP is a benefit as they do sod all except gold plate any EU regulations, if they don't like it they can stand down and give someone else a chance. Time for goverments to lead by example not greed.

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  • paulo_freire  |  January 18 2013, 10:25PM

    took over a grand from Japan Tobacco International (JTI) and voted against the smoking ban. Interesting

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  • InsideStory  |  January 18 2013, 6:32PM

    Everyone as expenses like fuel to get to work and phone calls tto the office,work uniforms that we don't get allowances for and i have not had a pay rise for over 3 years so why should MP's think they are any different.

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  • jpok1000  |  January 18 2013, 6:26PM

    We have businesses closing down on a day to day basis we have unemployment at an all time high for the past ten years & people having to survive on food handouts as well as the government making cuts just about anywhere they possibly can & all MR McCartney can think about is a pay rise. Just go's to show how wrong this government has it's priorities when all they can think about is more money for themselves instead of spending it on the important things in this country. This is one of many reasons why I don't bother voting any more as all MPs are full of it & just tell you what you want to hear to get in to power then just rip you off when they get in.

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