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Dave Nellist, the Coventry MP who gave away half his pay

13 July 2013 Last updated at 02:24 BST

The former Coventry Labour MP Dave Nellist has said it is a scandal that MPs could be given a pay rise.

Mr Nellist refused to take more than half his salary during nine years as an MP.

He took a wage comparable to that of a skilled factory worker in his constituency and donated the remainder to community and political causes.

He said: "In today's money, if I was turning down £35,000 a year for nine years, then you're talking about £300,000 or thereabouts."