Chris Farman from Deddington had his letter published in the Banbury Guardian 11 July
Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry became unaccountably coy when asked if he agreed with the huge pay rise likely to be awarded to MPs by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) (Banbury Guardian, July 4)
Sir Tony was quoted as saying: ‘It’s very easy for MPs such as myself who have outside interests and income separate from our parliamentary pay to grandstand on MPs pay.’
We don’t want him to grandstand, but simply to give his opinion on what many of his constituents regard as an issue of major public concern. Should MPs really be exempt from the austerity measures being imposed on other sections of the community?
He tries to dodge the question by bouncing it over to IPSA. True, IPSA is responsible for deciding the pay awards, but Mps can have a view on whether or not a likely rise of £7500 can be justified in the present economic climate.
Indeed, his colleague, Andrea Leadsom, is quoted in the same article as saying she ‘completely agrees that MPs shouldn’t be getting a huge pay rise at a time when the cost of living has rocketed and real incomes gone backwards.’
I doubt if Sir Tony would have been so reticent if such a massive pay award was being contemplated for nurses, teachers or firefighters.