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Should MP's be allowed to 'Moonlight', Yes or No.


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I have been reading a summary of the MP's Register for Financial Interests for 2012 (2013 is available) and it makes for very interesting reading!.

 

MP's are the only people working in The Houses of Parliament who do not have a job description, consequently as long as they carry out the duties (broadly speaking) that they were voted in for they can have as many occupations as they wish as long as they register the renumeration they receive for services rendered.

 

Do you agree they should be allowed to 'Moonlight' or should the rules be altered to prevent them from doing so.

 

Here are just two from the complete all party list.

 

1. SKINNER, Dennis (Bolsover) - Nil.

 

 

2.BALDRY, Sir Tony (Banbury)

1. Remunerated directorships

Deputy Chairman, Woburn Energy plc, 16 Upper Woburn Place, London, WC1H 0AF; AIM

listed company specialising in oil exploration and recovery. Work includes attending

meetings and advising on business opportunities.

Received payment of £3,333 Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 28 February 2012)

Received payment of £3,333 Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 27 March 2012)

Received payment of £3,333 Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 1 May 2012)

Received payment of £3,333 Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 27 June 2012)

Received payment of £3,333 Hours: 5 hrs. (Registered 26 July 2012)

Received payment of £3,333 Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 11 September 2012)

Received payment of £3,333 Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 10 October 2012)

Received payment of £3,333 Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 6 November 2012)

Received payment of £3,333 Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 27 November 2012)

Received payment of £3,333 Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 4 January 2013)

HCFI Limited (non-executive); a publicly quoted company in Egypt, with a range of

commercial activities from aviation and tourism to medical equipment. Resigned from

directorship in October 2011, rejoined Board in December 2011.

Received directors’ fees of £30,000. Hours: 35 hrs. (Registered 14 February 2012)

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc

Practising barrister, arbitrator and mediator.

Zaiwalla & Co., solicitors. Address: Sarosh Zaiwalla Esq., Zaiwalla & Co., 46-47 Chancery

Lane, London WC2A 1JE.

Received £7,200 for legal work. Hours: 10 hrs. (Registered 16 April 2012)

Payments from Penningtons, solicitors, of Abacus House, 33 Gutter Lane, London EC2V

8AR, for advising clients:

Received £4,560. Hours: 7 hrs. (Registered 16 February 2012)

Received £2,850. Hours: 5 hrs. (Registered 28 February 2012)

Payments from Barlow Robbins Solicitors, The Oriel, Sydenham Road, Guildford, Surrey,

GU1 3SR:

£3,120 for providing legal advice. Hours: 6 hrs. (Registered 8 March 2012)

£1,500 for providing legal advice. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 11 May 2012)

Received from Royds Solicitors, 65 Carter Lane, London EC4V 5HF, £500 for advising

clients. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 11 September 2012)

Received from the New Law Centre, 52/2 Nikolayamskaya St, Moscow: £17,500 for legal

advice. Hours: 24 hrs. (Registered 19 March 2012)

Received legal fees of £12,500 by direct access. Hours: 15 hrs. (Registered 1 May 2012)

Received legal fees of £25,000 by direct access. Hours: 30 hrs. (Registered 30 July 2012)

Received legal fees of £25,000 by direct access. Hours: 35 hrs. (Registered 13 September

2012)

Received legal fees of £25,000 by direct access. Hours: 30 hrs. (Registered 26 October 2012)

4. Sponsorship or financial or material support

(B) Support in the capacity as an MP:

Name of donor: Lighting Industry Association Limited

Address of donor: Ground Floor, Westminster Tower, 3 Albert Embankment, London SE1

7SL

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: I employ a research assistant

who receives £700 per month direct from the Lighting Industry Association Limited, solely in

connection with work that she does in support of the Associate All-Party Lighting Group.

Date of receipt: ongoing since May 2011

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Date of acceptance: May 2011

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Of course they shouldn't - servant of two masters etc. etc. If the poor dears have time on their hands they could relieve the boredom by more constituency work 0r even (shock :shock:  ) unpaid work.

 

 

Glad to see that the Beast of Bolsover doesn't take the capitalist's shilling - or is it because he wasn't offered it :P

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Of course they shouldn't - servant of two masters etc. etc. If the poor dears have time on their hands they could relieve the boredom by more constituency work 0r even (shock :shock:  ) unpaid work.

 

 

Glad to see that the Beast of Bolsover doesn't take the capitalist's shilling - or is it because he wasn't offered it :P

I watched Dennis being interviewed the other evening and he stated that he had never 'moonlighted' and was adamant that it should be stopped!.

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I'm sure we should expect MPs to moonlight considering it can't always be classed as a permanent job & considering that these  people have to pull a few strings along  the way in order to get themselves into a position for a job when their parliamentary careers end. It is just a shame that they are making so much money along the way & this could influence any decisions that are made during parliamentary votes & what questions are asked.

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No. But I think prospective MPs should show evidence of having held down some sort of employment for a period of time before seeking election. And I don't mean as an MPs bag carrier, a proper job in the real world.

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In the interests of fairness:

 

MOWAT, David (Warrington South) 8. Land and Property

Residential Property in Cheshire. (Registered 26 March 2012)

 

Pity poor Helen has nowhere to live :lol:

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Algy.... but when your total package is around the quarter of a million pounds a year you shouldn't need other jobs... plus Helen got a pay rise when she got promoted didn't she?

Baz, I absolutely agree, I'm dead against them having other employment/jobs, whatever you would like to call it, if they can't manage on 60K+ a year then they should not enter the political arena in my view.

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No. But I think prospective MPs should show evidence of having held down some sort of employment for a period of time before seeking election. And I don't mean as an MPs bag carrier, a proper job in the real world.

 

Steady Asp, a bit drastic that. My father always said that politicians were people who had failed in normal life.

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Irrespective of your political leanings it's good to see Helen Jones's position in the 'table'.

 

JONES, Helen (Warrington North)

Nil.

 

This is the link to the information:-

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmregmem/contents1213.htm

 

But I believe she does employ her husband as some sort of political adviser - at our expense (some other MPs employ their spouses as well -before someone whinges that it's not just her )

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Didn't Helen also employ her son at some point too??

 

I certainly thought so but I suppose it wouldn't be seen as one of her interests as he is no longer a dependent child tied to her apron strings.

 

 

(..and was nominated and had large amounts of resources spent on his election to the council purely on his own merit and not because of who his mummy is) 

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