Sheffield MP slams colleagues’ ‘potty’ call for wage rise

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NICK Clegg has branded fellow MPs ‘potty’ for wanting a pay rise of up to £20,000 a year.

Seven in 10 MPs surveyed by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority believed they were underpaid on their current £65,738 rate.

On average, the politicians said they deserved £86,250 per year, a rise of almost a third. A fifth thought they deserved at least £95,000 a year.

Mr Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam and Deputy Prime Minister, said: “It beggars belief. They are living on a different planet.

“I think it’s potty, and it’s not going to happen, certainly if I’ve anything to do with it.”

Mr Clegg said he hopes the authority will restrict MPs’ pay.