A senior Tory MP has been severely reprimanded for using taxpayer-funded expenses to pay his teenage son almost £50,000 as a "researcher" even though there is no evidence of any work having been done.
It also emerged yesterday that Mr Conway used to employ his elder son, Henry, as a researcher while he was at Cambridge.
This sort of thing is actually fairly common in family owned businesses. The kiddies get put on the books while off at uni: it\’s a way of giving them money without it having been taxed already (although they obviously then pay tax at their, lower, marginal rate). It can even be said to be a business expense: you know, paying them while they are training sort of thing.
Unfortunately for Mr. Conway, being an MP isn\’t a family business, nor are his allowances the same as the revenues from a family business.