BOROUGH MP Andrew Miller said he and his Parliamentary colleagues were “leading by example” when they agreed to a below-inflation pay rise.
The decision, taken without having a vote, comes after Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged MPs not to award themselves more than a 1.9% rise.
This is despite the independent Senior Salaries Review Body recommending they get a 2.56% salary rise.
The Government said this figure was not appropriate for members to accept when public sector workers were only getting 1.9% and they needed to keep inflation down.
Mr Brown has come under pressure from unions over the public sector pay rise, and seen angry police officers take part in a protest march past Parliament over his refusal to backdate their pay increase.
On Thursday, MPs from all three parties decided to accept the 1.9% below-inflation rise, which raises their salaries from £60,277 to £61,422, later rising to £61,820.
Mr Miller, who sat in on the debate, said: “It did not come to a vote and though there were amendments, these were withdrawn as well.
“The majority view was that it was not right to exceed this figure when public sector workers will have to exercise constraint. In other words, we have led by example.”
By way of pay comparison, figures show a police superintendent gets a rise from £56,274 to £65,565, a chief superintendent goes from £67,200 to £71,031, while Cheshire Constabulary’s deputy chief constable gets £103,674 and chief constable Peter Fahy £125,667.
Cheshire headteachers in large comprehensives will earn between £61,500 and £98,000, according to the Times Educational Supplement figures.