MPs 'merit pay rise of 32 per cent'
MPs have told the watchdog reviewing their pay they deserve a 32 per cent increase to £86,250.
A survey by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) also found more than a third of MPs believed they should keep generous final salary pensions.
The research, which politicians completed anonymously, found 69 per cent thought they were underpaid on £65,738.
The average level suggested for the salary was £86,250.
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Ipsa confirmed it was not proposing to introduce performance-related or regional pay or to take outside earnings into account.
Of the 100 MPs interviewed, Conservatives were the most likely to believe they were underpaid, with 47 per cent saying that, compared with 39 per cent of Labour members and 9 per cent of Lib Dems.
David Cameron's spokesman said: "The Prime Minister's view is MPs' pay is a matter for Ipsa."