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Carswell says huge pay hike for MPs would be 'absurd'
9:00am Saturday 19th January 2013 in Clacton and Frinton News
CLACTON’S MP has slammed calls for a massive hike in politicians’ pay “absurd”.
MPs taking part in an anonymous survey reckoned they should earn £86,250 - a huge one-third increase.
More than two-thirds thought they were underpaid earning £65,738, which is more than double the national average wage.
Clacton MP Douglas Carswell didn’t take part in the survey but said a wage hike would send out the wrong message.
“There is a freeze in public sector salaries and I think that should apply to MPs,” he said.
“I think the idea of any increase at a time of austerity is, frankly, absurd.”
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority sets MPs’ wages.