A cynic might say the wannabe next leader of the Labour Party is being shamelessly populist, but Andy Burnham is first out of the blocks to turn down his 10% pay rise:
I have always been clear that 10% pay rise for MPs cannot be justified. I won't accept it. Will turn down at source or give to local groups.
— Andy Burnham (@andyburnhammp) June 3, 2015
The PM’s position on this is less equivocal.
Cameron said in 2013: “I think it would be wrong for MPs to get a big pay rise at a time of public sector pay restraint”.
Last year he threatened to abolish IPSA entirely if they did not “think again”.
Yet yesterday his Official Spokesman seemingly dropped that threat and suggested Cameron would be accepting the pay rise: “If IPSA determines MPs get a pay increase, MPs get a pay increase”.
It comes down to whether Cameron wants to give it to charity and annoy his more shallow-pocketed backbenchers three weeks into the new government…
UPDATE: Seems to be a concerted effort from certain Labour MPs up for elections to get ahead on this before PMQs:
MP pay rise unjustifiable – if it goes through will let my Walthamstow residents panel decide how to spend it on our local area !
— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) June 3, 2015