‘Think again’ over MPs’ pay rise

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Prime Minister David Cameron has urged the MPs’ pay regulator to “think again” after it confirmed plans for an 11 per cent raise.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) said salaries would go up from the current level of £66,000 to £74,000 after the general election in 2015.

It insisted that pensions will be curbed and other benefits trimmed to ensure the overall changes are cost-neutral. But the Prime Minister repeated his thinly veiled threat to the body that he would not “rule out...taking action” if it presses ahead with the proposed rise, which is due to be confirmed after the 2015 election.

Mr Cameron told BBC WM: “They should think again and I very much hope they do. I don’t rule out...taking action if they don’t modify this proposal.”