Keir Starmer shamed for earning £247-an-HOUR from second job amid calls for ban

Boris Johnson is grilled on the handling of Owen Paterson saga

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The Labour leader trousered £25,934.18 in the last 12 months for 106 hours work, it has emerged. It equates to £247-an-hour.

The data was released in the latest declarations of the leaders of the parties.

The biggest earning leader was the LibDem’s Ed Davey, who made £78,000-a-year for 120 hours of work – an hourly rate of £650.

Meanwhile, the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford made £38,967 for just 32 hours of work.

While not the largest sum, in terms of hourly rate it topped the list at £1,217.71.

The news emerged after the Tory Party was engulfed in a sleaze scandal that led to the resignation of former cabinet minister Owen Paterson.

Mr Paterson stepped back as an MP after the Government performed a U-turn – just 15 hours after voting through the creation of a Tory-led committee to look at disciplinary cases.

It came after Mr Paterson was found to have broken lobbying rules during his £110,000-a-year private sector work in October.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused of cronyism after getting Tory MPs to back the vote through Parliament.

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He later backtracked amid the subsequent backlash – which also led to a closer examination of lobbying by MPs in Westminster.

Sir Keir later gave his views on the scandal.

In an article for the Guardian, he laid out his position at length and listed “a number of simple things that could be done to clean up politics”.

Among the policies, the Labour leader said he would “ban anyone who holds ministerial office from selling themselves to companies that want to write legislation in their own interests”.

But the MP jobs ban policy was nowhere to be seen among the proposed remedies.

It was first floated by Ed Miliband and expanded in Jeremy Corbyn’s 2019 manifesto.

The policy banning MPs from having second jobs would have prevented Owen Paterson from being paid tens of thousands of pounds by companies he went on to lobby for in parliament.

In a debate on the issue this evening, Labour’s Richard Burgon said that “being an MP is a full-time job” as he called on MPs to back a bill banning second jobs.

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