District MPs disagree with pay increase

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Lancaster MP for Lancaster Eric Ollerenshaw has branded proposals to increase his salary as “ludicrous”.

Recent proposals by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) to give MPs a pay rise has caused outrage across the country.

With a potential 15 per cent payrise to £74,000 before 2015, the new salary would make British MPs the third most highly paid MPs in the world, behind the USA – £111,251 and Japan – £167,784.

David Morris, MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, also said he does not agree with the proposal.

With public sector workers currently receiving a one per cent annual payrise and many private businesses facing wage freezes, many believe that the propsal is inappropriate in the current economic climate.

Lancaster and Fleetwood MP Eric Ollerenshaw said that the proposals were “ridiculous at this time”.

Mr Ollerenshaw added that like many MPs across the country, he wouldn’t accept the rise, calling the idea “ludicrous”.

“Its just a proposal,” he said.

“I hope it doesn’t go to court.”

Mr Morris added: “Ultimately IPSA are an independent organisation who are not influenced by MPs, if they decide to increase MPs’ salaries there is nothing that I can do about that, but, I don’t agree with a rise.”

Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated that if the increases do go ahead then pensions and other expenses could be cut.