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Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson hits out at salary rise proposal

18 December 2013
by Andy Gray

The Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament

Gordon Henderson says he will support a call for MPs’ pay increase to be limited to 1%.

It follows criticism that he failed to sign an early day motion (EDM) proposing the rise in line with the rest of the public sector.

In a report published by the New Statesman, only 10 members added their name to the motion drawn-up by Labour MP John Mann.

It led to Facebook users claiming Mr Henderson had ducked the issue when the story appeared online.

This is despite his claim earlier this year he was opposed to an 11% pay rise proposed by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).

Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson

Sittingbourne and Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson

Mr Henderson said: “There are EDMs published every day and I didn’t support this one because it wasn’t brought to my attention that it had been issued.

“If I had seen it, I would’ve been minded to sign it. To ease people’s concerns, I will sign it anyway to emphasise my position.”

IPSA was set up in 2009 in the wake of the expenses scandal to consult on pay.

MPs cannot block whatever rise is agreed because they handed control of the decision to the independent body.

If the latest planned salary increase is approved, it will come into effect after the next general election in 2015.

If agreed, it would mean the salary of a backbencher would rise from £66,396 to almost £75,000.

Mr Henderson said: “If IPSA is going to impose the pay rise I will calculate the percentage rise given to other public sector workers between now and when the rise comes into force, and I’ll give away the difference to local charities.”

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