European MPs gain pay rise of 30 per cent

European
MPs have awarded themselves a 30 per cent pay rise and have maintained their
perks of office.

Pay
for British MEPs will now increase to £72,000 as part of a new scheme to
harmonise the salaries of MEPs, regardless of the wealth of the country they
represent.

MEPs
will also receive a tax-free sum of 
£180,000 for staff expenses, and a further £32,000 for general expenses.

By Ross Wigham

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