Starmer’s plan to ban second jobs for MPs is a recipe for increasing their taxpayer-funded salaries and driving expertise out of Westminster, the Tories say

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg criticizes Sir Keir Starmer’s proposed ban on second jobs for MPs

Sir Keir Starmer’s plans to ban second jobs for MPs is a recipe for increasing their taxpayer-funded salaries and driving expertise out of Westminster, it was claimed last night.

Sources close to Sir Keir confirmed that a Labor government would seek to ban MPs from having second jobs.

One of the few exceptions is that doctors and nurses are allowed to continue their work – but not MPs who are lawyers.

The long-promised ban comes amid calls for MPs to remain committed to representing their constituents and claims they are being paid well enough at £86,584.

However, senior Tories branded it “virtue signaling” and warned that the cut in external income would lead to a pay rise.

Sir Keir Starmer's plans to ban second jobs for MPs is a recipe for increasing their taxpayer-funded salaries and driving expertise out of Westminster, it was claimed last night

Sir Keir Starmer’s plans to ban second jobs for MPs is a recipe for increasing their taxpayer-funded salaries and driving expertise out of Westminster, it was claimed last night

Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg said the move would result in “a professional cadre of politicians being removed from the rest of society”.

Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg said the move would result in “a professional cadre of politicians being removed from the rest of society”.

Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg said the move would result in “a professional cadre of politicians being removed from the rest of society”.

He also told The Mail on Sunday: “Voters should have the freedom to send to parliament and re-elect whoever they want to parliament. “If they don’t want people on outside income, they won’t elect them .”

Sir Jacob added: “It will reduce expertise in the House of Commons because there are simply no senior lawyers who have long been able to pursue their external interests without affecting their parliamentary activities.”

But one Labor MP said: “Many people will rightly think that being an MP is a full-time job, especially when you get paid £86,000 a year for the privilege.”

Emma Colton

Janice Dean is a WSTPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Janice Dean joined WSTPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: janicedean@wstpost.com.

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