38 Degrees Petition against MPs Taking Second Jobs or Going on Holiday While Parliament is in Session

I also had an email about this petition from 38 Degrees come through on Friday. Launched by John Clutterbuck, a 38 Degrees member, it requires MPs to view their parliamentary role as a full-time job. This is another petition I’ve had absolutely no problem signing, because this is how it should be. In the 19th and early 20th centuries there was indeed a strong feeling against MPs having careers outside parliament because of the danger of commercial corruption. But after MPs started being sponsored by the unions as part of the Labour movement, the right argued that there should be no obstacles to figures from industry sitting in parliament. And so we have the wretched situation today where something like 77 per cent of the MPs during Cameron’s squalid tenure of No. 10 were millionaires and directors of companies. It was the same over the other side of the Pond, where a Republican businessman got so fed up with this that he launched a campaign for congressmen and women to wear patches indicating which companies had sponsored their campaigns to show who they were really representing.

Get business out of parliament, and clean politics in!

I’ve therefore signed the petition, and if you feel the same way, please do so as well.

‘Dear David,

How do you feel about MP’s taking on second jobs or going on their holiday when they should be working in the Houses of Parliament?

John, a 38 Degrees supporter, thinks that being an MP is a full time job and taking on other roles or going on holiday outside of parliamentary recess can’t be good for constituents. [1]

While some MPs work second jobs in the NHS, others choose to appear on TV shows, work advising private health companies, or take holidays while they should be in parliament. [2]

John believes these types of jobs should not be allowed. He also thinks that, as with teachers, if you choose to go into politics you should accept that means your holidays have to be taken at a certain time in the year. That’s why he’s started a petition calling for the role of an MP to be considered a full time job, with stricter rules around taking second jobs or going on holiday.

David, do you agree with John? If so, use the button below to sign his petition today calling on a ban on second jobs and holidays outside of recess. It takes 30 seconds to sign:

‘Campaign created by john clutterbuck

Sign the petition

To: The Commons Standards Committee

What: MPs should not be allowed to take holiday while Parliament is sitting or take second jobs while they are a Member of Parliament. Being an elected MP is – or should be – a full time job.

Why is this important: Being an MP is a full time job. It is not something that should be done with half measures.

Right now during a cost of living crisis and government unrest, it is of extreme importance that all MPs serve their constituencies the best they can. Taking on second jobs or going on holidays outside of parliamentary recess can simply not be better for the good of constituents and the UK as a whole.

When someone decides to become a teacher, they do so knowing it means they will be limited on when they can go on holiday. If you choose to run for Parliament it should be with the same understanding.

Read more…

Sign the petition

hanks for being involved,

David, Megan, Robin and the 38 Degrees team

PS: John Clutterbuck started their petition on the 38 Degrees website.

With 38 Degrees anyone can start their own campaign with the click of a button. But that’s just where your journey begins. Creating a petition, then sharing it with friends and colleagues, can soon give you a groundswell of support. Perhaps you’ll end up changing something really important.

Use this link to get your campaign started today, it takes just a couple of minutes and we’ll support you every step of the way: https://link.38degrees.org.uk/start-campaign

[1] 38 Degrees: Make being a Member of Parliament a full time job
[2] The Week: The MPs earning the most from second jobs
Sky News: Matt Hancock to enter I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! jungle following Olivia Attwood’s shock
Guardian: Boris Johnson is back … from his three post-resignation holidays


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9 Responses to “38 Degrees Petition against MPs Taking Second Jobs or Going on Holiday While Parliament is in Session”

  1. 38 Degrees Petition against MPs Taking Second Jobs or Going on Holiday While Parliament is in Session | sdbast Says:

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    • beastrabban Says:

      Thanks for telling me this, Trev – I’ll have a look at it.

      • beastrabban Says:

        I’ve checked it, and the link seems to work for me, so I don’t know why it isn’t working for you. But the way it was working when I checked it, you clicked on the link, another link appeared that you had to click on, and that took you to the page to sign the petition.

  2. trev Says:

    Again, I click the link to sign the petition but then no ‘sign’ button visible.

  3. Mark Pattie Says:

    I watched Hancock suffer through the challenges last night on I’m a Sleb- I hate to say this but I was crying laughing as he got bitten by a scorpion and a ghastly-looking python reared up at him! To paraphrase Luke 4:23: “Heartless Tory charlatan, heal thyself!”. And another apt possibly-Biblical quote for Hancock: “Cruelty begetteth cruelty”. (I know, I’ve probably made that last one up but it fits).

    • beastrabban Says:

      A lot of people have been enjoying Hancock’s suffering. Yes, it’s schadenfreude, but he deserves it!

    • trev Says:

      I refuse to watch it and have submitted official complaints in the past, I think the show should be banned, animal cruelty is not entertainment.

      • beastrabban Says:

        That’s actually a fair point. Back under the lockdown, there was one episode where they were in an enclosed, underground hole full of snakes. And yet a few years ago, when the horror film The Serpent and the Rainbow came out the film makers were prosecuted for animal cruelty because they included live snakes with the promotional material. I don’t like the programme because I think there is something genuinely sadistic about it, and that sometimes it goes too far.

      • trev Says:

        People eating live insects too, or different species of insects put together. It’s appalling and must only appeal to those of a lower mentality or level of empathy, obviously an audience being cynically exploited themselves by the show’s producers and their sponsors the advertisers, for profit.

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