Other jobs for MPs add to the “wealth” of political life, says the Minister conservatives

MPs should still be allowed to work about 10-15 hours a week in secondary jobs as long as they do not provide political advice, the government minister said.

International Trade Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan suggested the government could support new guidelines to limit outside working hours when she gave a round of broadcast interviews on Wednesday morning.

A Brexit supporter and Boris Johnson’s ally, Trevelyan, also argued that MPs could work outside parliament, saying it added to the “richness” of political life experiences.

He told BBC Breakfast: “I think there’s a common sense test, which is if you probably do 40-50 hours a week of your main job, you do 10 or 15 hours a week of something else, no matter what you want to do in your spare time. Time, whether it’s paid or not, is part of the wealth you bring as an individual to your role as a Member of Parliament. ”

Proposals to reform MPs’ secondary jobs are being made by a standards committee chaired by Labor Chris Bryant. A cross-party consensus will then have to be reached, but both major parties have expressed support for a ban on paid political consultation following Johnson’s U-turn.

There are unlikely to be large numbers of MPs working more than 15 hours a week in another job, although more of them may be banned from paid political consultation.

One of them would be Geoffrey Cox, a former attorney general who has worked more than 1,000 hours of legal work during the year.

When asked if Troxelyan should reduce his working hours, he told the BBC: “This needs to be discussed. The most important thing is whether he is doing a good job for his constituents? Do they think he is doing a good job for them? have not risen to stand to claim otherwise.

“But the fact that she will continue to practice as a Member of Parliament is perfectly acceptable to me, because just as Maria Caulfield serves as a nurse on the NHS, she will continue to practice in addition to serving her constituents. I think it’s important for the NHS.”

Labor had invited an opposition day debate on secondary jobs to Wednesday proposing a ban on political consultation, but Johnson tried to bypass the opposition on Tuesday, saying he would do the same.

The prime minister claims to be a champion of parliamentary integrity two weeks after his failed bid to break the standard system to protect Tory background factor Owen Paterson from distrust of lobbying violations.

Downing Street said Johnson would table an amendment to the opposition motion by Labor leader Keir Starmer that would ban MPs from being paid to work as parliamentary advisers.

None of the 10 sources said the prime minister’s amendment would “harden” the Labor party’s approach by adding that MPs should be investigated and “appropriately punished” if they prioritize other jobs over a taxpayer-funded role.

On Tuesday, Starmer welcomed Johnson’s concession, but urged him to support the Labor party’s proposals “fully,” arguing that the prime minister had only surrendered due to increasing pressure that drew media attention to other positions in Tory MPs.

Speaking at a news conference, Starmer said, “If he approves the motion in its entirety, it will be a significant victory for us in cleansing politics, but apparently I need to look closely at how he put it.”

There is widespread dissatisfaction on the Tory benches with No 10’s new desire to curb their incomes, especially among some of the old guards with lucrative side roles.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, a member of the 1922 Backbench Committee who earns extra money from arable farming in Norfolk, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: this.”

Clifton-Brown said he had no problem with banning paid consultancy work, but going further could intimidate people with “good skills.”

“If we go further and some people in the house want to go further and ban all secondary work, as I said, it will have an impact, as I have already said, on people with good skills from outside who actually think they bring quite a bit of experience to the house,” he said.

He suggested that the approach could be for new candidates to advertise outside jobs and let voters decide.

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