Keir Starmer has been chastised for earning £247 per hour from a second job, prompting calls for him to be barred.
Sir Keir Starmer has been chastised for earning £247 per hour from a second job, prompting calls for the practice to be outlawed.
It has been revealed that the Labour leader earned £25,934.18 in the last year for 106 hours of work.
It’s worth £247 per hour.
The information was made public in the leaders’ most recent declarations.
Ed Davey of the LibDems was the highest-paid leader, earning £78,000 per year for 120 hours of work, or £650 per hour.
Meanwhile, Ian Blackford, the leader of the Scottish National Party in Westminster, was paid £38,967 for only 32 hours of work.
While not the largest sum, it ranked first in terms of hourly rate at £1,217.71.
The news came after the Tory Party was embroiled in a sleaze scandal that resulted in former cabinet minister Owen Paterson’s resignation.
Mr Paterson resigned as an MP after the Government reversed course just 15 hours after passing legislation to establish a Tory-led committee to investigate disciplinary cases.
Mr Paterson’s £110,000-a-year private sector job was found to have violated lobbying rules in October.
Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, was accused of cronyism after securing Tory support for the vote in Parliament.
Following the backlash, he later changed his mind, prompting a more thorough investigation into MP lobbying in Westminster.
Sir Keir later spoke out about the scandal.
He laid out his position in detail in an article for the Guardian, listing “a number of simple things that could be done to clean up politics.”
Among the policies, the Labour leader said he would “ban anyone in a ministerial position from selling themselves to companies who want to write legislation in their own interests.”
However, the proposed remedies did not include a ban on MP jobs.
Ed Miliband proposed it first, and Jeremy Corbyn elaborated on it in his 2019 manifesto.
Owen Paterson would not have been paid tens of thousands of pounds by companies he later lobby for in parliament if the policy prohibiting MPs from having second jobs had been in place.
Labour’s Richard Burgon said in a debate on the issue this evening that “being an MP is a full-time job” and urged MPs to support a bill prohibiting second jobs.