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The wages wrangle

Cameron's claim that "nothing can be ruled out" over MPs wages was bold but unfounded

By Emran Mian  

Who said what to whom? The Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons that the body responsible for setting MPs pay (IPSA) should think again about its recommendation to increase salaries by £7,604 to £74,000 per year or . . . he said: “I don’t think anyone will want to rule anything out.”

What does it mean? IPSA was given the power to set MPs pay in May 2011. It decides, not MPs themselves as used to be the case. The implication of the Prime Minister’s commitment is that, if they don’t go back on their proposals—and they…

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