PLANS TO CURB MSPS’ 2ND JOBS Labour out­line pro­posal

Sunday Mail (UK) - - John Niven -

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

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