Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, Suzy Stride has said that she would never accept a paid directorship or consultancy if elected in May and would vote to ban the practice of MPs moonlighting.
Labour proposed a motion in the House of Commons last week banning MPs from holding paid directorships or consultancies, including paid trade union jobs, but the motion was rejected by a majority of 68, with Conservative MP for Harlow, voting against banning second jobs for moonlighting MPs.
Suzy Stride, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Harlow, said:
“It is not right that MPs, who already get paid £67,000 a year, should continue to line their pockets with other paid work when they are already earning wages much higher than some of their constituents. Being an MP is a full time job that requires focus and hard-work; it is not a job to juggle with other paid work. “
“MPs having second jobs does nothing but contribute to the cynicism surrounding politics and politicians. If I were in Parliament I would have voted to ban second jobs for MPs. As a Labour candidate I have already agreed not to take a second job if I am elected in May. “