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MPs' second jobs details released

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The new details only cover the past 10 days

Details of MPs' second jobs, what they earn from them and the time devoted to them have been published for the first time under new disclosure rules.

The rules, forcing MPs to say how much time they spent on non-parliamentary work, came into force on 1 July.

The figures, released a day earlier than expected, show that some 22 MPs have made new entries in the Register of Members Interests.

The move was agreed in April, before the recent MP expenses scandal.

Jar of honey

Few of the 22 MPs have stated how long they spend on their second jobs.

Labour MP Jimmy Hood, who received £625 from Scottish Coal as part of an annual consultancy fee of £7,500, said the hours worked at his second job were "nil".

Conservative MP Peter Viggers, who is standing down as an MP after revelations in the Daily Telegraph he tried to claim for a duck house on expenses, has some entries.

He declares 30 minutes he spent on completing an opinion survey from BPRI, for which received a £75 fee, and 30 minutes on a survey for Comres, for which he received a £50 fee.

Labour MP David Watts was paid a total of £175 for completing three surveys, money which he donated to his constituency party, but did not say how long he had spent on them.

Conservative MP Michael Jack has declared a jar of honey he received for giving a speech.

Shadow Commons leader Alan Duncan, who gave up a second job with an oil company in April, received £222 for appearing on BBC Radio 4's Any Questions, a task he said took an hour.

Scrutiny

Shadow Communities Secretary Caroline Spelman was paid the same amount for appearing on Any Questions but said it took five and half hours.

Former Home Secretary John Reid declared a visit to Bahrain worth £5,000, which he said was paid for by the Gulf kingdom. He was also given a watch by Bahrain's interior minister.

Previously, MPs had to name outside employers and directorships in the Register of Members' Interests - but did not have to reveal how much time they spend on second jobs and only had to indicate salaries if it related to their work as an MP.

Under the new rules, MPs have to declare in the member's register of interests:

  • The precise amount of money they receive from any third party for work undertaken, even if it does not relate to their role as an MP
  • The number of hours worked during the period for that individual or organisation
  • Name and address of the individual or organisation paying them, except where this would breach privacy, confidentiality or rules.

Conservative leader David Cameron has said all members of his shadow cabinet will give up their second jobs by December in preparation for the general election.

Several senior Tories, including William Hague, Oliver Letwin, Ken Clarke and David Willetts, either have lucrative second jobs in the City or supplement their salaries as MPs with work in journalism and public speaking.

Labour MPs whose reported income from second jobs has come under scrutiny in recent days include former ministers Alan Milburn and Nick Raynsford.

Commons Leader Harriet Harman has said she is prepared to consider further action on second jobs and incomes if it was suggested by the Committee on Standards in Public Life which is conducting a review of MPs pay and allowances.



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