Thursday, 12 December 2013

MPs pay. Ed Miliband's letter to the Prime Minister

Ed Miliband has sent the below letter to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister calling for cross-party talks to resolve this issue before the General Election. Below is also what Ed Miliband said at PMQs on this issue as well as the line issued before the publication.

ED MILIBAND LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER
11 December 2013
The Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 1AA
Dear David

Today at Prime Minister's Questions you agreed with me that a pay rise for MPs many times above inflation in the midst of a cost of living crisis would be wrong. You indicated that the Deputy Prime Minister shared that view. You also said the door was open to discuss this issue.

The public expect us to resolve this now and not wait until 2015. It only undermines confidence and trust in our political system if the uncertainty about MPs' pay is allowed to continue.

Therefore I believe the three party leaders should meet Sir Ian Kennedy tomorrow to make clear our view that we cannot go ahead with the current proposition.

I look forward to hearing from you.

I am copying this letter to the Deputy Prime Minister.

Yours sincerely

Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP

STATEMENT ON MP's PAY PRIOR TO PUBLICATION

Spokesperson for Ed Miliband:

If the package of proposals being set out by Ipsa is as reported it cannot go ahead when people are going through the biggest cost-of-living crisis for a generation.

We cannot have an outcome for MPs which does not command public confidence.

Therefore we are asking the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats for a cross-party approach which recognises the current economic circumstances where workers in the public and private sectors are going through such difficult times.


PMQ'S TRANSCRIPT OF ED MILIBAND QUESTION'S ON MP's PAY

Edward Miliband (Doncaster North) (Lab): Does the Prime Minister agree that, given the crisis in living standards that ordinary families are facing, Members of Parliament should not be awarded a pay rise many times above inflation in 2015?

Edward Miliband: I am glad that the Prime Minister agrees with me about this issue. Does he also agree that we should not let it hang around as an issue until after the general election, and hang over trust in politics? May I urge him to work with me, on a cross-party basis, to find a way of making IPSA think again, and to stop this package happening?

Edward Miliband: I agree with the Prime Minister, but I hope he agrees with me that waiting and seeing will not work and that we do have to get together to deal with this. The reason this is not the right time for this pay rise is that most people are going through the biggest cost of living crisis in a generation, and I want to turn to that cost of living crisis. Last Thursday, the Chancellor claimed living standards were rising. That just is not the case, is it?