Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has stated that after the general election no Members of Parliament should have second jobs.
Tomorrow there is a special debate in the House of Commons called by the Labour Party following the Channel 4 Dispatches and Daily Telegraph revelations about Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw.
Wayne David said, “I believe strongly that Members of Parliament should be full-time MPs. Since I was first elected in 2001 I have worked solely for my constituents and it makes me angry when I see other MPs who have lucrative second jobs. For these MPs there is a potential conflict of interest between the interests of the constituents and the companies they work for. There is also an enormous amount of constituency work which all MPs should be engaged in when not in Westminster. Being an MP should be a full-time job.
“MPs’ salaries are more than adequate and those who stand for Parliament should be motivated by a wish to serve the public”.