LOCAL MPs all backed calls for restraint in their own pay in the House of Commons vote last week. Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly said he would have preferred a freeze on Parliamentarians' salaries but not on wages paid to their staff. Prime Minister Gordon Brown had urged MPs to accept a staged settlement amounting to 1.9 per cent for themselves, compared to the full 2.56 per cent recommended by the independent Senior Salaries Review body. That would have taken their salaries to £61,820 - up from £60,277 last year and £60,675 at present. Under the Government proposal, the increase to £61,820 would be staged so that the in-year value of the increase would be held to 1.9 per cent. MPs are, however, set to receive a £10,000 increase to their office staffing allowances, which are due to rise from £87,276 to £96,630 - a move Mr Djanogly is firmly behind.