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Should MPs have second jobs?

14 min listen

The Owen Paterson affair has is shining a light on the extra cash MPs earn on top of their £80,000 salary. One MP, Geoffrey Cox, earned nearly £1 million from outside legal work. But is there an argument to be made for allowing elected officials to receive a second income? Max Jeffery is joined by Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

On the podcast, James says: ‘On principle, I think MPs continuing to earn money from their former professions or former trades is acceptable. They’re not trading on the fact that they are an MP.’


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