MP: “We should not have a pay rise”

Mark Simmonds
Mark Simmonds

Boston’s MP said he does not support plans to hand MPs a pay rise.

The controversial suggestion has been made by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, who proposed MPs salary should be £74,000 in 2015 - an increase of 11 per cent.

Mark Simmonds, MP for Boston and Skegness, told The Standard he does not think that is a good idea – but supports the issue of MP’s pay being handled by an independent body – an arrangement set up in the wake of the expenses scandal.

Mr Simmonds said: “I do not think that MP’s pay should be going up while public sector pay is being constrained. 
“It is important that MP’s don’t decide their own pay and the matter is referred to an independent body.”

Mr Simmonds gets £97,000 a year in his role as parliamentary under secretary of state in the Foreign Office.

He also received £50,000 a year from Circle Health Care and payments as chair of Mortlock Simmonds Brown chartered surveyors.