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City MP 'would donate pay rise to charity'

The MP for Exeter says if he's awarded a pay rise, he'll give the extra amount to charities and other good causes.

It comes after the independent body, set up after the expenses scandal, recommended that MPs pay should increase by 11 per cent to 74 thousand pounds.

The news has provoked fury from unions in the public sector - who've seen their own pay frozen along with job cuts and other austerity measures.

Ben Bradshaw told Radio Exe it would be a disaster to return to the 'bad old days' of MPs setting their own pay and conditions.. which was what allowed the expenses scandal to happen.

If the rise is imposed he'll simply use it to help fund good causes, and he says he'll also seek to ensure that his expenses remain the lowest of any MP in Devon.

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