Tory team to give up second jobs

Author: By Daniel Bentley and Joe Churcher, Press Association

The Tory leader dismissed any suggestion that outside interests were
incompatible with being a good MP.

But he added: “My shadow cabinet have, however, recognised that we are in a
particular period at the end of a five-year Parliament where it does become
necessary to demonstrate 100% focus on Parliament, politics and setting out
our credentials as an alternative government.

“So they’ve decided that from the end of December they won’t have any outside
interests.”

He said that all of his shadow spokespeople in the Commons, and shadow leader
of the Lords Lord Strathclyde, had agreed the step.

The Tories were today publishing details of their shadow cabinet’s current
outside interests, Mr Cameron told a Westminster press conference.

Reforms coming into force from Wednesday mean all MPs will be obliged to list
hours and details of salary.

But the Tory leader said his shadow ministers wanted to publish their
information early and at the same time.

“We all want this information to be available now, not to emerge in a
fragmented way, as and when individual declarations are made,” he said.

Previously, MPs have had to name their outside employers and directorships in
the Register of Members’ Interests.

But they have never before been forced to reveal how long they spend on the
work and only needed to give an indication of how much they were paid if the
job related to their work as an MP.

More than half of the MPs with outside interests are Conservatives, but many
have already announced they are giving their second jobs up ahead of the
changes.

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