This morning I received an email from a voter in Plymouth who asked what I would do to stop MP’s taking second jobs. The Channel 4 and Telegraph investigation into Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw had just broken and yet again trust in MPs had taken a beating. My position on this is simple: MPs should not have second jobs.
If elected I will be a full-time MP
I believe that MPs should be full time representatives. They should serve their community, their constituents and safeguard and promote the well-being and livelihoods of those they serve. They should not be taking on additional jobs, paid directorships or consulting projects.
That is why if I’m elected in May I will be a full-time Member of Parliament. I won’t take a second job, run a consultancy or be a director of a company. Being your MP will be my only job.
I want to become an MP because I want to stand up for our city and its people. The job of an MP is being the constituency’s voice in Westminster, standing up for people full-time. Not some of the time, but all of the time.
As an MP I would support legislation that means an MP must be full–time and not hold outside directorship or consultancies. It is necessary to enshrine these principles in law. The representatives that people elect should not just be the formulators of legislation; they should also be the examples of its principles. This is what we need to bring back to politics, trust and integrity. This recent example reminds us all that politics isn’t just about policy. It’s the relationship between the electorate and those they elect that needs to be safeguarded and respected.
I think people in this constituency need an MP who will put Plymouth first.
It’s time we cleaned up politics and stopping MPs taking money from outside companies for a second job is a good start.
So here’s my challenge to Mr Colvile: I will be a full-time MP and back a ban on MPs holding second jobs. Will he?
No hospitality from big tobacco
I will be a full time MP and unlike the Tory MP we have at the moment, I won't accept any hospitality from big tobacco.
In 2011, the Tory MP I am standing against accepted free tickets, worth £700, from big tobacco to a cricket match. Read more here.
In 2013, I raised concerns about Oliver Colvile accepting hospitality from big tobacco yet again. I said at the time that voters in Plymouth did not send Mr Colvile to Parliament for him to be a champion for the tobacco industry. It is time for Mr Colvile to get back to his job representing our city and make a promise to voters that he will refuse any further tobacco hospitality.
In 2014, Mr Colvile failed to declare this generous tobacco hospitality when tabling questions in the House of Commons about e-cigarettes - something he later apologised to the House for.
Let me be very clear about this: I will not accept a penny in hospitality from big tobacco.
What do you think?
Use the comments below to let me know what you think about MPs taking second jobs and Labour's promise to ban MPs from taking second jobs if we win in May.