Left Foot Forward poll: vast majority think MPs should be banned from having paid directorships and consultancies

Should MPs be completely banned from having second jobs?


In our latest reader poll, we asked whether MPs should be banned from having second jobs.

52.7 per cent said that yes, in all cases MPs should be completely banned from working outside their parliamentary role.

39 per cent said that in most cases this should be banned, but there were a few exceptions; for example MPs who needed to continue practising as GPs for a few hours a week in order to avoid being struck off.

Only eight per cent of respondents think that MPs should be allowed to have any second job they choose.

The issue has made headlines after MPs, and former foreign secretaries, Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind were secretly filmed offering their services to a fake private company for cash.


Ruby Stockham is a staff writer at Left Foot Forward. Follow her on Twitter

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