I won't accept the IPSA pay increase
I have previously said (actually on Radio WM) that I would not accept the IPSA proposed pay increase. I think IPSA are wrong about this. My own view is that they should concentrate on ensuring that MPs do not have to subsidise the operation of their offices. I believe that around 92% of MPs are having to do this now. That is the sort of issue that causes problems for people of ordinary means who wish to be a Member of Parliament. Obviously I don't need the increase as anyone who has looked at my declaration of interests would know. However, I think it is wrong for this to be done at a time when parliament is asking for restraint from others.