MPs say pay should increase to £100,000

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MPs have raised the prospect of a huge jump in parliamentary pay amid claims that their salaries should rise to £100,000.

Senior MPs expressed anger yesterday that their pay had fallen well behind that of doctors and head teachers as it emerged that the Senior Salaries Review body was under pressure to recommend a pay rise many times more than inflation.

MPs currently earn £60,277 a year. They received a pay rise of 2 per cent last year.

But a submission to the Senior Salaries Review Board by the Conservative 1922 Committee hinted that MPs should be paid about £75,000. Some MPs were said to have suggested a salary reaching six figures.

Sir John Butterfill, the Conservative MP for Bournemouth West, said the 1922 Committee had expressed disappointment that MPs were now between 12 per cent and 15 per cent behind the pay of comparable public and private sector workers.