Holyrood members set to spurn pay rise

James Dornan MSP
James Dornan MSP

MSP salaries are set to split from their Westminister counterparts in light of a proposed 11 per cent pay rise.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is set to increase MPs’ annual salaries from £66,396 to £74,000.

However, Holyrood presiding officer Tricia Marwick confirmed plans to decouple Holyrood member salaries from MPs as the rise was “unthinkable” in the current economic climate.

MSPs currently earn £58,097, a figure set at 87.5% of that for an MP.

Cathcart MSP James Dornan has applauded the decision.

He told The Extra: “In a time when family budgets are extremely tight, it is wrong for Westminster to wish to increase the salary of MPs by such a huge amount.

“I am confident the Scottish parliament will not follow suit.”

Glasgow MSP Humza Yousaf says it is good news that MSPs “will not take an exorbitant and unethical 11% pay rise that MPs are taking — again showing that we are treading a different path in Scotland”.

West of Scotland MSP Jackson Carlaw also commented to The Extra that he would fully support the decision, however, neither Eastwood MSP Ken Macintosh or Eastwood MP Jim Murphy were available for comment.

Glasgow Central MP Anas Arwar, whose constituency includes Pollokshields, has identified plans in the event of the 11% pay rise going ahead.

He told The Extra: ”I am completely opposed to this measure and I call on IPSA to think again.

“Should IPSA proceed with their plans and force through a rise, I will be distributing the increase in my pay to 

Commenting on The Extra’s Facebook page, reader Jan Gray said she was “absolutely disgusted.

“Their greed has no boundaries.”