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MPs back pay rise of 1.9%

MPs have accepted a below-inflation pay rise of 1.9 per cent after pressure from Government and Opposition leaders.

As the decision to accept a lower raise was backed by both the Tories and Liberal Democrats, it was approved by the House of Commons without a vote.

A report from the SEnior salaries review body recommended an increase of 2.56 per cent which would see annual salaries rise from £60,277 to £61,820 in 2007/08.

Commons leader Harriet Harman said: “The issue of MPs’ pay, pension and allowances is a thorny one, I hope there will be agreement across the house on at least four things – that MPs should be properly paid for the important work they do, that MPs should be reimbursed for what they spend doing their job, as are people in any other line of work, that as MPs are paid from the public purse we should show the same discipline in our pay increases as other public sector workers, and that we should not decide on our own pay and should not vote on our pay increases.”

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