Warwick and Leamington MP James
Plaskitt is to pass some of his pay rise on to charities in Warwickshire because the
increase was above the rate of inflation.
He was awarded a 2.9 per cent pay increase along
with all other backbench MPs in the latest pay review in parliament.
But he has chosen to keep to a pledge made when he
stood for election to give the difference above the rate of inflation which was 2.1
per cent at the time of the award to charity.
He will hand the money over once the new pay
increase comes into effect. His official salary will be over £48,000.
Mr Plaskitt said:
I promised to do this when I was elected in
1997. I have some charities in mind to give the money to and Im trying to identify
four or five.
People living in his Warwick and Leamington
constituency will be receiving a copy of his annual report in the next few days.
It details the numbers of meetings, engagements
and his activity as an MP over the last year, including
more than 400 constituents at surgeries.
over 200 local groups, companies and organisations.
the seventh best attendance record in the House of Commons.
tours of the House of Commons for more than 250 people
Mr Plaskitt said it had been an extremely busy
You might have thought that in a parliament
with a huge majority that theres potential for back-benchers to feel that they are a
bit of a spare part and that we are removed from influencing government decisions.
I find it easy to get direct access to ministers and cabinet ministers. They are willing
to discuss the big policy issues as well as local issues.