Not to mention chumminess with certain Tories and press barons
“There’s one rule for the people in our country & there’s seemingly another rule for enormous friendly companies who are willing to pay the people in here.”
These were the words of right-wing Labour MP Jess Phillips in the Commons today during a debate on parliamentary standards. Let’s take a look at her own record of extra-parliamentary employment, along with donations from ‘enormous friendly companies’, including large payments from the Murdoch press empire (she has been an invitee to Murdoch’s parties), the Tory Telegraph and a property developer:
And Ms Phillips also has a record of closeness to some of the same Tories she is now criticising. She famously enthused about arch-Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg:
In her £333 per hour job as deputy editor of parliamentary magazine ‘The House’, she worked closely with Tory 1922 Committee chair Sir Graham Brady – and had an ‘£8,000 a year sideline’ working for Tory peer Lord Ashcroft, as reported by Solomon Hughes in the Morning Star in an article titled ‘Moonlighting MPs bring Parliament into disrepute’.
And from 2015 to 2019, she employed her own husband as a ‘support assistant’, further bolstering the Phillips household income from the public purse.
Interesting, then, to hear her criticisms now of Tory MPs and their own ‘sidelines’.
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