MPs would be able to perform paid work for up to 15 hours a week in addition to their duties in parliament during government reforms to hone the rules, a minister has suggested.
Boris Johnson is facing a confrontation with his backers today as he pushes to get MPs banned from taking on another job as a parliamentary consultant and limiting the time they can spend on outside interests.
But as a sign that the proposals may not be as far-reaching as first thought, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the trade secretary, suggested a Member of Parliament who performs 15 hours of work a week outside parliament could be considered “fine”.
Boris Johnson said lawmakers should have an updated code of conduct
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In an interview round this morning, Trevelyan began by telling Times Radio that she believed that “eight