PRESTON MP Mark Hendrick has admitted he will be accepting a controversial 10 per cent pay increase - but only to pay off debts he has run up doing the job.
The Labour and Co-operative member, now in his 15th year representing the city in Parliament, insists the job has been under-paid for years and this latest £7,400 rise will go some way to addressing that.
“It’s a personal choice,” he said. “In my case I am planning to use the money towards some personal debts and my overdraft, because we have, not just over the last five years but prior to that, lost out in a whole range of areas.
“We have had to compensate by contributing ourselves. And in my case that has resulted in a good deal of personal debt and overdraft. I haven’t spoken to colleagues about this issue for some time, but clearly different ones have different circumstances. It isn’t going to clear off my debts, but it will help.
“MPs pay has suffered in real terms along with pensions and allowances. We have lost quite a bit.”