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Hague to give up his second jobs

Hague to give up his second jobs
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In an intriguing development, the story has just broken that William Hague is to give up his outside interests. Paul Waugh reports that Hague will give them all up, including the after dinner speeches, by September.

Hague’s move suggests that Cameron is going to order his shadow Cabinet to give up all their second jobs.  These jobs were always a strategic vulnerability, but given the strength of the anti-politician mood in the country right now it would be suicidal to keep them on.

PS Pete points out to me that this move on second jobs chimes with Cameron's declaration at the party's Scottish conference, "Let us be clear, this is not just about MPs’ expenses." The question now is how radical Cameron is prepared to be on the cleaning up politics front.

Hat tip: Conservative Home

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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