In the Redditch constituency there are over 67,000 electors. Should I become Member of Parliament for my home town, I want to concentrate on working for them and not anyone else. Rules or no rules, I will not be accepting any second jobs.
Ideally MPs should be able to pursue other interests without it compromising what should be their substantive role: representing their constituents. Yet now we have been made aware MPs are earning up to £1million on top of their MP salary with no breach of rules; this tells me there's something wrong and it needs to change.
Just like a society operating without laws, we cannot hope self-regulation is enough to deter the minority from doing the wrong thing.
Given the enormous distrust of the general public towards politicians, politicians have to take some radical steps to demonstrate to the public they are committed to working first and foremost for their constituents.
I'm sure everyone would agree they want their politicians from as broad a background as possible, to reflect our diverse society and bring a variety of skills and experiences to the job. To suggest a full time commitment to the role of MP would result in a 'low-achieving, shallow Parliament' is plain wrong.
The rules must accommodate MPs who need to practise their profession while being an MP, for example a doctor; yet keeping the balance of pay and hours firmly benefiting constituents through their job as MP.
An end to second jobs would simply mean not receiving more than 15% of your MP's salary for other work. A change such as this, along with others like MPs not accepting a 10% pay rise when nurses have been denied a 1% pay rise seem completely obvious to me.
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