Caroline Flint has turned down the MPs pay rise due in April 2010.
Labour MP Caroline Flint said: “Like teachers, police and nurses, MPs’ pay is set by independent review. I voted to end MPs’ setting their own pay and last year I agreed to freeze my own pay – refusing the 2.3% pay rise. This year, I will accept the Independent Review Body’s recommendation of 1.5%, which is less than nurses 2.25%, teachers 2.3% or the police 2.55%. Somebody has to decide what MPs, civil servants, judges etc should earn and this is the fairest way to settle MPs’ pay.
“I hope there is a full review of MPs and Ministerial pay after the general election. I have argued for some time that a Minister should not automatically earn more, and certainly not £25-£70,000 more than an MP when their ministerial work largely takes place Monday-Thursday.”