Ruth's statement on the MP's pay rise

Following todays announcement that the pay rise for MPs is set to go ahead, please see below Ruth's statement on this issue originally provided to The Sentinel on 3rd July 2015:

"I don't think MPs should have any role in determining their pay but the timing of this proposed change is unfortunate, to say the least, given the public sector pay freeze. That is why if this pay rise goes through I will not accept the money personally and will instead use the increase to support local community activities."