Lucy Powell slams Boris for not sacking MPs amid sleaze scandal- ‘Completely unsackable!’ | UK | News
On the panel last night were Tory MP Lee Rowley, Labour MP Lucy Powell, CEO of Energy UK Emma Pinchbeck, Times Radio host Tom Newton-Dunn and Alastair Campell, Tony Blair’s former spin doctor.
Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary Lucy Powell, 47, responded to comments made about MPs and second jobs.
Speaking in front of the Question Time audience in Hartlepool, the Manchester Central MP said: “It’s absolutely not a part-time job, it’s very much a full-time job.
“It’s not even a full-time job – it’s a calling, it’s a vocation, it’s a way of life.”
The Labour MP continued to attack the Conservative Party, she said: “When you are in Boris Johnson’s party, you are completely unsackable, he’ll tell his MPs to go to the lobby to vote for a loophole, to stop facing a recall petition in Parliament.”
“You can be the home secretary and you can be found breaking the ministerial code of bullying and you are unsackable, you can be Owen Paterson his mate and you can be taking money for asking questions and you are unsackable, or your Boris, your Matt Hancock or Dominic Cummings and you are unsackable, will this guy sack anyone for doing anything wrong.”
BBC host Fiona Bruce interrupted the Labour MP to point out how her party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, had found time to undertake secondary work.
Ms Powell responded: “Well, it is a full-time job, it is very much a full-time job for Keir Starmer as well and what we’ve got to remember here is that our boss, the boss, is the voters, it’s our constituents.
“And, so, I think any suggestion that we aren’t fully devoted to our constituents, that our loyalties, that our focus, that our paymasters are not our constituents or any perception of that, that that is not the case, you know, is wrong and that’s what we need to be clear about.”
The debate over second jobs for MPs comes after Owen Paterson MP stood down as the MP for North Shropshire this month after receiving over £100,000-a-year as a paid consultant for both Randox and Lynn’s Country Foods.
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Geoffrey Cox MP is also facing a serious backlash in the wake of a wave of accusations about his commitment to his parliamentary position after it was revealed he earned more than £1million last year from his outside legal work alone.
Speaking in Hartlepool, Times Radio host Mr Newton-Dunn said: “The honest answer to the question is of course if you’re an MP that should be your primary job.”
“I, probably like a lot of other people here, wouldn’t completely ban all second jobs, I actually think it is quite useful having a bit of experience which you can remain current on then bring in to Parliament, it’s the type of job I think we are talking about.”
He went on to highlight how the ex-Labour leader Ed Milliband had proposed to ban consultancy jobs in his manifesto in 2015.
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However, the ex-political editor of the Sun exposed Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer for taking on a job as a legal consultant following his successful bid to become the MP for Holborn & St Pancras.
“Fine, the music has stopped and the Tories watch as Boris Johnson made an astronomical mess of it last week but this is a cross-party problem.”
Fiona Bruce will travel from the North East of England to Beckenham in south east London for next week’s episode.
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