Shipston MP will donate pay rise to charity

Cotswold Journal: Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi

SHIPSTON MP Nadhim Zahawi said he is prepared to give a proposed pay rise to charity, labelling it “completely inappropriate”.

Mr Zahawi said he would not accept the proposed 11 per cent pay rise and said he intends to donate the extra money to local charities, should the rise take effect.

A report is due out tomorrow from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) suggesting the 11 per cent pay rise should take effect from 2015, taking MPs’ pay to £73,000.

Mr Zahawi, who has recently come under fire for claiming several thousand pounds a year to heat his constituency home in Tysoe, said: “When public sector pay increases have been capped at one per cent, and with private sector workers in a similar position, it is hard to fathom IPSA’s decision.

“While I support IPSA’s independence, it is clear that in this instance that they have misjudged the situation.

“Should IPSA go ahead with their plans it is my intention to donate the pay-rise to a number of local charities so they can continue with the fantastic work they do in the constituency.”

Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown did not say whether he would keep the extra cash.

He said: “It’s not a matter for me, it’s a matter for IPSA. It may not happen.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron who is also MP for Witney, has not responded to requests for a comment.

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