Nigel Farage calls for MP pay rise to £100,000 - just weeks before announcing where he will stand in 2015
The Ukip leader said MPs would deserve a 50% hike if the UK leaves the EU
Nigel Farage has called for MPs to be paid as much as £100,000 if Britain leaves the EU - while adding that he is just "a couple of weeks" away from announcing where he will stand in 2015.
The Ukip leader said Westminster politicians would deserve the 50 per cent pay increase from their present salary of £67,060 if Parliament "actually ran this country" outside European controls.
Introducing a series of Ukip policies that will be detailed in the party's manifesto this September, Mr Farage said that he also believed family doctors who "turn their surgery into a fiefdom" should have their pay capped at £100,000.
Asked about MPs' pay during a radio phone-in on LBC, Mr Farage said: "If we had a sovereign parliament that actually ran this country and was directly responsible for the rules and regulations that controlled our industries, that determined whether we succeeded or failed in the world, I would have no problem in paying MPs more."
He said he would like to see MPs paid "the same as the local headmaster", adding: "It would be £90,000 to £100,000."
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But he insisted that the change would only be justified if Britain voted to leave the EU, and said: "I see no argument for increasing MPs' pay at the moment because they haven't got the responsibility."
Mr Farage also discussed his own plans to become an MP, saying that Thanet South in Kent was "in my top two or three" options to mount a challenge in 2015. He said he would reveal his final decision after the European Parliament goes on its summer break on 24 July.
The Conservative party chairman, Grant Shapps, said: "It's staggering that having raked in millions from Brussels – and now getting ready to run for parliament – Nigel Farage is demanding that MPs get paid £100,000 a year.
"While we have taken difficult decisions to safeguard the economy for the long term, people who have made sacrifices over the last few years will be furious at this outrageous proposal."
Mr Farage was also criticised by the Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron, who said: "It certainly looks like he has become a creature of the Establishment. It blows the lid off any kind of pretence of being a man of the people."
Giving his reasoning for capping GPs' pay, Mr Farage told a caller: "I speak as somebody who was misdiagnosed for six weeks with a malignant tumour and kept going back every Monday to be told, you know, take the tablets and go away. So there's good and bad as there are in all walks of life.
"I'm not saying we shouldn't pay GPs well but what I am saying is they got the most massive pay increase under Blair and those that have turned their local surgeries effectively into their own private fiefdom and businesses, are taking too much money out of this system.
"I don't mind GPs earning £100,000 a year... But I have got a problem with those that are earning multiples of that."
Mr Farage said the party would have a comprehensive election manifesto ready by the time of its annual conference in September.
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