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Boris Johnson says MPs should not get a pay rise during Covid crisis

Boris Johnson believes MPs should not receive an annual pay rise, Downing Street has said.

MPs are currently paid £81,932 but they are set to get a pay rise of £3,360 next year.

However, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said Mr Johnson had already frozen ministerial pay and he did not believe MPs should get a rise.

‘MPs’ salaries are obviously decided by an independent body but given the circumstances, the PM doesn’t believe MPs should be receiving a pay rise,’ the spokesman said.

In addition to their salary, MPs can claim allowances to cover the costs of running an office, employing staff, and maintaining a constituency residence or a residence in London.

The exact pay rise of MPs is set to be confirmed in December, alongside that of Government ministers – who get paid significantly more than regular MPs.

News of their potential pay increase has caused outrage after thousands of workers lost their jobs this year amid the pandemic.

The PM’s intervention in the ongoing row follows an extremely awkward interview with Matt Hancock on Good Morning Britain as he refused to rule out taking a pay rise.

GMB presenter Piers Morgan said ‘he would love’ to hear the Health Secretary refuse a pay rise amid the struggling economy.

Smiling, Mr Hancock replied: ‘That’s what all ministers did in the pay freeze that there was after the global financial crash – me included.

‘Let’s see what the final recommendation is and then I’ll come… I know, I’ll promise to commit to coming back on this programme immediately after that decision comes through and then I’ll let you know.

‘I will answer this question when the pay policy has been set out by the chancellor.’

Interrupting, Mr Morgan asked: ‘I’m just asking you to say you are not personally going to take a penny.

‘Just say I, Matt Hancock, right now tell Good Morning Britain viewers that in all good conscience it would be wrong of me to take a penny in a pay rise this year. And I am going to put my hand up and lead.’

Mr Hancock replied: ‘It’s very tempting, it’s very tempting Piers. I am a stickler for not pre-judging things. You can’t knock me off the perch.’

‘You’re not a parrot, you’re the Health Secretary in the year of the catastrophic handling of the pandemic,’ Mr Morgan responded.

Mr Hancock is believed to be paid a salary in the region of £140,000.

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