Thank you for contacting me about MPs and second jobs.
While Members of Parliament have duties and responsibilities to their constituents and in Westminster, it is a long-standing rule that they are allowed to have a second job. Any changes to this would be a matter for the House and Parliamentary Authorities. A ban on second jobs would catch those who still work in roles including doctors and nurses.
I believe that in some circumstances, having a second job can aid Members in broadening their range of experience which can contribute to their expertise. It is important to note that Members must register individual payments of more than £100 which they receive for any employment outside the House. They must also register individual payments of £100 or less once they have received a total of over £300 in payments of whatever size from the same source in a calendar year.
An MP’s primary job is and must be to serve their constituents and represent their interests in Parliament. They should be visible in their constituencies and available to help their constituents with constituency matters. If they do not fulfil this role, they will rightly be judged on that by their constituents.
More broadly, I welcome that the Government will be looking to work on a cross-party basis to achieve improvements in our system for future cases. The Government has been clear that this should not be based on a single case or applied retrospectively.