Grillo denies U-turn over pay for MPs

Basic wage set at 5,000 euros gross

Grillo denies U-turn over pay for MPs

Rome, April 8 - Former comic Beppe Grillo, the firebrand leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), on Monday denied a reported U-turn in policy over pay for party MPs. "Every M5S candidate has pledged to respect the code of behaviour that contemplates a salary of 5,000 euros gross," he said in response to media reports of a climbdown over pre-election promises by candidates that they would half the basic salary for MPs if elected. On Monday La Repubblica newspaper cited Grillo as saying that "6,000 euros was enough". "How much rubbish can be contained in so few words?" asked the M5S leader on his blog. "The code of behaviour has not been discussed, debated or revised". However Grillo did not comment on reports by the same newspaper of dissent among party representatives over how to manage the 3,500 euro allowance accorded to MPs in addition to their basic wage, which some say should be partly reimbursed.

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