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MP pay rise figures fury.

A senior Labour backbencher has angrily denied reports that MPs were demanding a 22 per cent pay rise - ten times the rate of inflation.

Ann Clwyd, chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party, dismissed the reports as "absolute bullshit".

She did however confirm that she and other senior Labour MPs had met privately with senior Tories on the 1922 Committee to discuss pay.

However she insisted no figures for a possible rise were mentioned in their discussions. "We discussed several issues of interest to MPs but no figure was discussed," she said.

Conservative leader Michael Howard said MPs salaries should be decided by an independent body
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Dec 5, 2005
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