Letter: Cut MPs' pay

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The Independent Online
IT IS outrageous that MPs should be paid a full salary when they have pushed so many of their responsibilities on to others ('MPs' pay rise angers rail union leaders', 28 August).

They are now so hedged around with European Union rules that they have little room for making decisions themselves. For instance, they have surrendered the right to reduce VAT, and transfer responsibilities to local governments, eg, Care in the Community. MPs no longer justify a full salary; their pay should be accordingly reduced by 50 per cent and further reductions should be made as further powers are transferred to the EU.

R E G Simmerson

UK Independence Party

London W4

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