Ed Miliband demands curb on MPs having jobs outside Parliament
'Being an MP should not be a sideline. It's a privilege and a duty,' says Labour leader
Andrew Grice has been Political Editor of The Independent since 1998. He was previously Political Editor of The Sunday Times, where he worked for 10 years, and he has been a Westminster-based journalist since 1982. His column, Inside Politics, appears in The Independent each Saturday.
Tuesday 09 July 2013
Proposals to restrict MPs having second jobs outside Parliament were outlined by Ed Miliband today.
In his speech on Labour's relationship with the trade unions, Mr Miliband also called for “new limits” on MPs' outside earnings on top of their £66,000-a-year salary. Labour's election manifesto in 2015 may propose a ceiling up to which MPs could top-up their parliamentary salary with a second job. Labour could copy the 15 per cent top-up limit which applies to Congressmen in the United States. But work relating to their MP's job, such as writing newspaper articles or their memoirs, could be exempt from the cap.
The MPs' register of interests shows that in the 2012-13 financial year, the Conservative MPs Stephen Phillips earnt £732,708 as a QC and £7,600 as a Crown Court recorder; Sir Malcolm Rifkind £245,923 from directorships; Nicholas Soames £221,525 from directorships and advisory work and John Redwood £223,918, mainly from chairing a City firm, and Tim Yeo £157,471, mainly from directorships. There is no suggestion they have broken Parliamentary rules.
Mr Miliband also proposed new regulations to prevent conflicts of interests following recent revelations about MPs' links with lobbying firms. He said: “The British people must be reassured that their MPs are working for them. Being an MP should not be a sideline. It's a privilege and a duty, and the rules must reflect that.”
Although he said MPs needed to be connected to the outside world, he asked: “Can it be right that the rules allow MPs to earn hundreds of thousands of pounds from private legal practice while they're supposed to be an MP? Or from outside corporations without any real form of regulation?”
The Labour leader urged other parties to join a debate on the issue, saying it had not been addressed for a generation. But the Tories and Liberal Democrats appear unlikely to support a curb.
- 1 Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 2 Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
- 3 George Galloway left with severe bruising after attack in Notting Hill by man 'shouting about the Holocaust'
- 4 Saudi Arabia executes 19 in one half of August in 'disturbing surge of beheadings'
- 5 Brother and sister, Christopher Buckner and Timothy Savoy, arrested for 'committing incest after watching 'The Notebook''
YouTube video posted by Isis militants shows 'execution of 250 Syrian soldiers'
Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
George Galloway left with severe bruising after attack in Notting Hill by man 'shouting about the Holocaust'
Lady al-Qa’ida: On the trail of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the world’s most wanted prisoner
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
- < Previous
- Next >
£28000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Junior VB.NET ...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# .NET Web De...
Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: HAMPSHIRE MARKET TOWN - A highly attr...
£35000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Network Engineer (CCNP, CCNA, Linux, OSPF,...