West Cornwall's MPs not opposed to 11% pay hike
WEST Cornwall's two MPs have not opposed the controversial proposal to award them an 11 per cent pay increase.
The increase would result in a pay hike for backbenchers of £7,600 – from their current remuneration of £66,400 to £74,000.
The proposals by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) have been slammed by leaders and senior figures in all three parties.
Conservative George Eustice, who represents Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, said he would accept whatever was awarded by IPSA but pointed out that he was a low-claiming MP as far as expenses.
"Five years ago, I voluntarily took a 30 per cent pay cut to have the opportunity to be the MP for the area where I grew up," he said.
"I have no regrets, have never complained nor asked for a pay rise and while I am here I will do my best whatever they decide I should be paid.
"I think the cost of politics should go down and not up and for that reason I am the lowest-claiming MP in Cornwall and in the bottom quarter across the country."
Andrew George, MP for the St Ives constituency, said he too was all in favour of bringing down the cost of politics.
"Since I've been elected I have campaigned to secure two principles – to stop MPs being able to decide how much they're paid, and to cut the cost of politics – this goes back to a Private Members' Bill I launched more than ten years ago. We've achieved the first and the second has been achieved too, but I think there's more that can be done."