Vox Political: Cameron Rejects Labour’s Anti-Corruption Measures

Mike over at Vox Political reports that Ed Miliband is placing a ban on Labour MPs and parliamentary candidates from holding directorships. This is in order to improve the parliamentary standards and public’s estimation of MPs after recent lobbying scandals, including that which has just broken out over Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw. They are also considering legislation to cap the amount of money MPs may earn from second jobs.

The article is entitled Cameron cold-shoulders calls to limit commercial corruption of MPs and begins

The Labour Party is banning its MPs from holding paid directorships and consultancies, to ensure that their only interest is their duty to their constituents.

Labour MPs and Prospective Parliamentary Candidates have been put on notice that, from the coming General Election, the party’s standing orders will be changed to prevent them holding such second jobs.

The measure, which Ed Miliband has confirmed will be included in the party’s manifesto, would ensure no Labour MP holds a paid directorship or consultancy.

Labour is also consulting on legislative measures including placing a strict cap – similar to one that exists for members of the US Congress – on any additional money they can earn beyond their salary as representatives of the people.

Mr Miliband’s actions follow a series of allegations over recent years, about how MPs from both sides of the House of Commons have risked a conflict of interest by seeking or taking paid work from outside organisations.

Most recently, former Foreign Secretaries Jack Straw (Labour) and Sir Malcolm Rifkind (Conservative) were secretly filmed apparently offering their services to a private company for cash.

He also reports that Ed Miliband has written to Cameron outlining Labour’s views on these issues. Cameron’s response to the scandal has simply been to remove the party whip from Rifkind.

He has also moaned about how Labour would allow trade unionists to be MPs, but not shopkeepers. As Mike points out, this is gross distortion what the legislation is about. In fact, as Mike says, Cameron approves of MPs having second jobs.

The article’s at http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2015/02/23/cameron-cold-shoulders-calls-to-limit-commercial-corruption-of-mps/.

Cameron’s comment about trade unions was almost predictable. It is the standard Tory response whenever anyone has raised the issue of excessive corporate power and influence in parliament. But the Labour party was set up by and with the trade unions to represent the interests of working people.

The Tories, on the contrary, seem to see a parliamentary career as an opportunity to enrich themselves and their companies as the expensive of the state and the working class, the poor and the unemployed.

Public opinion of MPs reached a nadir under Gordon Brown with the expenses scandal. Cameron must be aware how badly MPs reputations and that of parliament itself has been damaged by lobbying scandals. Yet Tory greed and opportunism prevents him from doing anything to correct it.

Ed Miliband should be celebrated for taking such a bold and necessary step.

And for Cameron? He should be kicked out of power as venal and irresponsible as quickly as possible.

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One Response to “Vox Political: Cameron Rejects Labour’s Anti-Corruption Measures”

  1. sdbast Says:

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