Boris Johnson Supports Parliamentary Consultant’s Ban on Side Business


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson proposed on Tuesday to ban MPs from doing a second job as a consultant after two weeks of lobbying rules.

Opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer said the prime minister made a “kick and scream” proposal only under pressure from the Labor Party.

Immediately after Johnson withdrew a government-promoted resolution two weeks ago by the House of Commons to protect then Tory lawmaker Owen Paterson from an immediate suspension due to a breach of lobbying rules, while at the same time withdrawing a resolution calling for changes to the rules regarding standards. Announced the proposal.

In a post on Twitter, Johnson said he wrote to Speaker of the House Lindsay Hoyle asking him to update the code of conduct for MPs.

Mr Johnson said Congress would adopt recommendations from the 2018 report by the Commission on Standards of Public Life, allowing members of parliament to prioritize external interests over their members, or as a paid political consultant or lobbyist. He said that he should be prohibited from acting.

In response to the Prime Minister’s move, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said Johnson was “pulled out and shouted” to his new position just because Labor secured a binding vote on Wednesday. He insisted on “an important victory for the Labor Party.”

“We experienced two weeks of Tory overrun and corruption. Mr. Starmer had no illusions about the reporters, and the Labor Party voted binding to tomorrow, putting the prime minister on the wall. I just did this because I turned my back. “

Labor leaders added that Johnson’s letter was a “clear concession” to Wednesday’s vote, “under exactly the same conditions as a binding vote.”

But Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner said the Labor amendment was more than a ban on consultancy.

“Workers, as we started today, ban the second job of parliamentarians with a limited exemption from public services,” she writes. twitter..

The presence of members of various professions has historically been a positive view to enrich the experience and expertise of parliamentarians, most of whom are different before starting at 2:30 pm in the Commons. Was expected to do the job. As the work of consultants and lobbying became more common, habits became more and more controversial.

Labor on Thursday released an analysis showing that Conservative lawmakers received more than £ 1.7 million ($ 2 million) in consulting fees this year.

Earlier on Tuesday, the MP upheld the government’s motion to revoke the motion on November 3, after an hour of debate, and approved a report by the Standards Committee recommending a 30-day suspension of Patterson. bottom. Patterson, who resigned on November 4, is no longer an MP.

Lily Chow

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Lily Zhou is a freelance writer who mainly covers the British news of The Epoch Times.