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No one will respect MPs unless they stand up for reasonable pay

By Peter Riddell   August 2013

Politicians can never get it right over their own pay and expenses. The decision—after the expenses scandal in 2009—to shift responsibility to Ipsa, the independent regulator, is in danger of backfiring because party leaders ran for cover in the face of a populist outcry from the blogosphere and the press over speculation about a big pay rise for MPs. Ipsa, it is said, is out of touch; now is not the right time for an increase.

But the party leaders are wrong. The Ipsa process and its balanced package offer the best way forward for both MPs and voters. Pay…

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