'Grubby' jibe at Prime Minister and deputy over MP pay report

PUBLISHED: 10:30 17 July 2013

Charles Walker MP

Charles Walker MP

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THE Prime Minister and his deputy have been branded "grubby" by a Hertfordshire parliamentarian over their handling of a controversial MP pay rise report.

"It is really important for the Prime Minister and Nick Clegg to front up and not hide behind their MPs."

Charles Walker MP

Last week the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) proposed MPs’ pay should increase from £66,396 to £74,000 in May 2015, with both Nick Clegg and David Cameron opposing the increase.

Tory Charles Walker blasted the duo, claiming they had put backbenchers in front of the “metaphorical machine guns”.

The Broxbourne MP, whose constituency covers Cuffley, lashed out on BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight.

He stood by his comments when he spoke to the WHT.

“The Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister agreed while in opposition to support the establishment of IPSA,” said the 45-year-old.

“They are now opposing it and rejecting its findings and its independence.

“There will be changes to pensions and there has already been changes to allowances and now there will be changes to pay.

“I’m not going to beat around the bush. I will take the pay rise.

“If they can’t live with it and bring forward legislation to chop IPSA I would support that legislation.

“It is really important for the Prime Minister and Nick Clegg to front up and not hide behind their MPs.”

Knebworth MP Stephen McPartland has called for IPSA – which was set up in the wake of the expenses scandal – to be abolished.

He said: “IPSA was created after the expenses scandal to rebuild trust in politics.

“If they think this will help - then they are absolutely mad.”

Other local MPs had not got back to the Welwyn Hatfield Times at the time of going to press.

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