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Big Question: how should we pay MPs?

The second jobs row has shot back into the mainstream

By Prospect Team  

Senior Conservative MP Malcolm Rifkind speaks to the media after allegations that he discussed swapping political influence for money. © Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/Press Association Images

This week, a sting operation on two hitherto well-respected MPs in which they appeared to discuss working for a (fictional) private consultancy has caused an old debate to resurface—should members of parliament have second jobs?

The weight of public opinion,…

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