PLANS TO CURB MSPS’ 2ND JOBS Labour outline proposal
18 Sunday Mail MSPs will be forced to give up lucrative second jobs if new rules proposed by Labour are introduced.
A number of Tories earn thousands of pounds over and above their £ 61,000 Holyrood salaries.
They include Highlands and Islands MSP Edward Mountain, who declares £45,000 a year extra income in connection with his Highland fishing estate.
Donald Cameron, who a l so represent s the Highlands and Islands, makes up to £ 60,000 from sitting on the board of a number of companies.
Aberdeenshire West MSP Alexander Burnett’s register of interests reveals around £200,000 of extra earnings.
Labour’s Neil Findlay has lodged a Member’s Bil l calling for the move to stop “conf licts of interest” and the “misuse of MSPs time for financial gain”. He said: “My bill is intended to put an end to MSPs taking a healthy wage from the public purse and then earning thousands on top when they should be serving their constituents.”
“It does not seek to ban all outside interests outright.
Public consultation on the proposal begins tomorrow and ends on May 2.
BILL Neil Findlay