Wed. Dec 8th, 2021

The UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson proposed on Tuesday to ban MPs from having second jobs as consultants after a two-week row over lobbying rules. Opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer said the prime minister only made the proposal “kicking and screaming” under pressure from the Labour Party. Johnson announced the proposal shortly after the House of Commons rescinded a resolution the government pushed through two weeks ago that protected then-Tory MP Owen Paterson from immediate suspension for breaking lobbying rules and sought to change rules on standards at the same time. In a post on Twitter, Johnson said he had written to Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle, asking for the Code of Conduct for MPs to be updated. Johnson said Parliament should adopt recommendations from a 2018 report by the Committee on Standards in Public Life, prohibiting MPs from prioritising outside interests over their constituents or acting as …

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