No 10 urged to tackle moonlighting MPs
Sunday 23 March 2008
"Moonlighting" by MPs must end, Gordon Brown is being urged, in a drive to clean up British politics.
One in four MPs, including nearly half all Conservatives, have highly paid directorships that keep them away from Westminster, new figures show.
The scale of politicians' part-time work alarms Downing Street because it risks fuelling criticism over MPs' expenses.
Several members of David Cameron's shadow cabinet are among 96 Tory MPs who record non-political employment on the latest register of interests. There are 39 Labour MPs, 14 Liberal Democrats and eight from minor parties also engaged in outside jobs.
Some privately defend the extra work, arguing they need to supplement their £61,820 salaries, while others say the business experience is vital to a politician.
But there are fears that public disillusionment over expenses could spread to other aspects of MPs' work, so advisers are urging the Prime Minister to curb the part-time activities.
The former health secretary Patricia Hewitt has two "advisory" roles, with private equity firm Cinven and Alliance Boots. She takes up a non executive directorship at BT, tomorrow, bringing her total annual earnings to about £170,000.
Her ex-cabinet colleague Alan Milburn is paid up to £30,000 as an adviser to Lloydspharmacy, £35,000 to advise Bridgepoint Capital and £25,000 by PepsiCo.
Labour MP Martin Salter, who tabled a Bill last year calling for an end to "moonlighting", said: "This is one of the unpublicised scandals in Parliament.
"There is a minority of MPs who treat representing 70,000 constituents as a part-time job, when they are receiving a full-time salary from the taxpayer."
- 2 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 3 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 4 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 Ian Brady: Moors murderer announces his support for Ukip and the SNP
Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
Russian hack of President Obama's emails worse than previously admitted
Ian Brady: Moors murderer announces his support for Ukip and the SNP
UK weather: Britain braced for snow to replace sun as arctic air mass moves in
Nepal earthquake: US Pastor Tony Miano sparks outcry by suggesting Nepalis should convert and not rebuild their 'pagan shrines'
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
£26000 - £28000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Senior Accounts Assistan...
£24000 - £26000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...
£22000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is part of a Group...
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a a young, dynamic pers...