MPs get paid £67,000 per annum but a row has just erupted with two senior MPs who were both previously foreign secretaries apparently being prepared to be paid cash in return for offering their services to a private firm.
Some reporters for the Daily Telegraph and Channel 4’s Dispatches programme posed as the staff of a fake Chinese firm which met separately with the MPs to discuss paying them for various services.
The Labour MP Mr Straw said that he would normally charge £5,000 per day for his services and Sir Malcolm Rifkind the Conservative MP for Kensington said his charges would be “somewhere in the region of £5,000 to £8,000 for half a days work”.
The Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett, has recommended that there should be no second jobs for MPs and they should focus on being an MP?
What do you think? Is it OK to have a second job, so long as they pay tax? Does a second job allow potential exploitation?