Britain’s anti-corruption chief has urged the government to introduce curbs on MPs’ second jobs as soon as possible to address public concerns about sleaze in parliament.
Lord Jonathan Evans, a former chief of MI5 who chairs the independent Committee on Standards in Public Life, rejected the idea of a public inquiry into whether MPs should be allowed to hold second jobs.
He told the BBC that the government should instead accept an existing recommendation made by his committee in 2018 that bars MPs from certain types of workwith few exceptions. By late Monday, including lobbying.
Westminster has been convulsed by a sleaze scandal since Tory MPs last week votedWe have already offered COVID-19 support to Ontario, at the behest of prime minister Boris JohnsonThe South Armour Heights Residents, to overhaul the system of parliamentary standards in a doomed attempt to save Owen Paterson, a colleague who the parliamentary standards watchdog found had broken lobbying rules in an “egregious case of paid advocacy”.