Scottish Daily Mail
MPs facing new rules over hiring relatives
MPS who hire relatives will have to prove they are the best person for the job under new rules being considered by Westminster.
Ruth Evans, chairman of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, said the public expected ‘equal opportunity employment’.
About 150 MPs have family members in their offices. There are few limitations to hiring children or partners but MPs can have only one at a time on the payroll – and must declare it.
MSPs decided in 2010 that they would no longer hire relatives – but at Westminster last year, several newly elected Nationalist MPs revealed they had done so.
Glasgow MP Anne McLaughlin took on her partner to work with community groups, while Paul Monaghan, MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, employed his brother as a communications manager. Corri Wilson, MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, hired her son and daughter, while East Lothian MP George Kerevan recruited his wife as his parliamentary assistant.
Mrs Evans said: ‘It’s a controversial area. We would want the best person for the job being recruited to provide key value for money.’