Labour MPs have called for parliamentarians to be banned from holding second (and in some cases third, fourth and fifth) jobs, in the wake of Owen Paterson’s resignation following the finding of the parliamentary standards committee that he took over £100,000 a year to represent two companies in Parliament.
Deputy leader Angela Rayner has called for a ban on lobbying jobs, while others have said that any second jobs should be banned because being an MP should be a full-time occupation.
They’re right. Here’s how much Keir Starmer earned recently from his ‘moonlighting’, as pointed out by leading left-winger Howard Beckett:
In his busy MP’s schedule, Keir Starmer found time to do more than 100 hours of highly paid sideline-work.
Starmer’s defenders such as right-winger Luke Akehurst have tried to deflect the obvious conclusions by claiming that his earnings relate to work done before he was party leader:
But of course, they highly unlikely to relate to work done before he became an MP in 2015, which is the real point.
As so often, the Labour right is up to the same things as many Tories – in this case treating their job as an MP as one income stream while they spend time on other earning opportunities. And the list of Labour MPs holding at least one extra job is an extensive one.
Calls for MPs to concentrate exclusively on being MPs are correct. But the so-called ‘opposition’ front bench is in no position to point fingers.
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