The public sector pay cap should be lifted, says the former chair of the Health Select Committee – who voted to keep it until its financing is sorted out.
Labour tabled an amendment to the Queen's Speech to lift the one per cent public sector pay cap but it was voted down yesterday by 323 votes to 309 in the House of Commons.
Dr Sarah Wollaston, the MP for Totnes, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I do agree with lifting the public sector pay cap...because it’s seven years since public sector workers have seen a decent pay rise, and it’s now starting to hit recruitment, retention and morale.
“But the point is do you actually achieve that by a vote against the Queen’s Speech or do you achieve that by persuading the Chancellor this is the way forward? We can’t just agree it without being clear about who’s going to pay for it."
She believes "it was dishonest of Labour to pretend that the rest of us [as well as the UK’s wealthiest] wouldn’t pay a penny extra" to raise public sector pay.
"Everybody thinks somebody else should pay and that fact is we’re all going to have to pay a little bit more.
"What people want is for politicians to get round the table. We may need to take ideas from everybody’s manifestos," the former GP said.
Listen to the full interview above