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Ministers forced into U-turn over MPs’ pensions

Ministers last night were forced to backtrack on plans to raise taxpayers’ contributions to MPs’ pensions following pressure from the Liberal Democrats.

In March, Commons leader Harriet Harman put forward proposals to plug a £50m hole in the fund by increasing taxpayer contributions from 26.8 per cent of an MP’s salary to 28.7 per cent.

But the Government now says it may follow a Lib Dem proposal to freeze the contributions from taxpayers, which was also backed by the Tories.

The proposal would have seen MPs’ contributions rise by £60 a month but taxpayers would have paid £750,000 more than last year according to the Lib Dems.

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