A Coventry MP has slammed proposals that would see Members of Parliament given a  £3,300 pay rise – and says she will let residents decide what should be done with the money if it does get passed.

Taiwo Owatemi, the member of parliament for Coventry North West, said she could not accept the pay rise while “my friends and the colleagues on NHS frontline are underpaid”.

But, should the plans be given the green light, Ms Owatemi has said that her constituents will be able to nominate local organisations to receive the money instead.

It comes after the Parliament’s watchdog, the Independent Parliament Standards Authority (IPSA), brought the proposal forward earlier this week.

According to IPSA – who is responsible for deciding MPs pay and pensions – this proposal is in line with the expected average pay rise for public sector workers in April.

However, Ms Owatemi, who has worked as an NHS cancer pharmacist in the past, is rejecting the recommendations on the grounds that some NHS nurses are not set to have pay increases until April.

As a result, she has pledged a suggestions portal will be launched that if the plans proceed. Coventry North West constituents will be able to nominate local groups and causes which could benefit from the money instead there.

What has Ms Owatemi said?

In a statement sent to CoventryLive, Ms Owatemi said: “My NHS colleagues on the frontline have been doing the key work to keep Coventry safe. However, their work is too often undervalued and underpaid.

“We didn’t need a pandemic to know NHS workers were key workers, they always have been and their lives have always been on the line.

“Ultimately, claps don’t pay our nurses’ rent, food or heating bills and the Government must bring forward their pay rise so that key work can pay.

“Whilst my friends and the colleagues on NHS frontline are underpaid, I personally cannot accept a pay rise because I am an MP.

“To me, politics is a community service. It’s about investing in our city and the people who live here.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the fantastic voluntary and community work we’ve witnessed throughout this crisis. I hope my donation can be just a small part of sustaining it long after the pandemic.”

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