While many at Westminster argue that allowing MPs to hold down outside employment helps attract high-calibre individuals into politics and keeps parliamentarians in touch with industry, the disclosure that some work long hours for private companies is likely to bring accusations that they are effectively “part-timers”.

If an MP has to be solely an MP, working full time only in the House and for his constituents then…..

Well, why are Ministers paid anything on top of their MP\’s salary? They\’re not being denied any money making opportunities that other MPs can get, are they?

4 thoughts on “Part time MPs”

  1. The next logical step is for Ministers to give up their seats. After all who wants to be represented by a part-time MP?

  2. The next logical step is for ALL public employees to give up all outside work and tell them to get back to the office if they have spare time.

    I’ve heard people complain about Boris writing his column for the Telegraph using the time issue as the reason for their complaint. How much free time do they expect MPs to have? If MPs do other work in ‘their time’ that’s up to them. Surely the only thing left is to decide how many hours a week we expect an MP to work for? Then in the name of transparency have them publish a weekly diary outlining how they spent their time.

  3. If the argument is that MPs don’t have time for a second job then surely they don’t have time to be ministers. If the argument is one of conflict of interest- well I’m far more worried by the conflict of interest between a minister’s (however junior, and including a prospective minister) duty to support the government and his duty to hold the government to account. The presence in parliament of people in receipt of moneys conditional on supporting the EU is another greater worry.

  4. I can’t help feeling that George Galloway, who is paid to act on behalf of the Ayatollah controlled PressTV, should not be allowed to represent the constituents of Bethnal Green and Bow.

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