Move to ban MSPS from hav­ing se­cond jobs

The Scotsman - - Brexit - By LEWIS MCKEN­ZIE

MSPS could be banned from hav­ing a se­cond job un­der pro­pos­als which will be con­sid­ered at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.

Labour MSP Neil Find­lay lodged a Mem­ber’s Bill on Fri­day at Holy­rood call­ing on a ban to pre­vent con­flicts of in­ter­est and the mis­use of MSPS’ time for fi­nan­cial gain.

A pre­vi­ous Mem­ber’s Bill by Mr Find­lay, which sought to limit the in­flu­ence of lob­by­ists at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment, even­tu­ally led to the in­tro­duc­tion of the Lob­by­ing (Scot­land) Act 2016.

Mr Find­lay said: “Trust in politi­cians, gov­ern­ments and the wider po­lit­i­cal process is, ar­guably, at an all-time low. When some­one is elected to Par­lia­ment they are car­ry­ing out a pub­lic duty, and I be­lieve the fo­cus of MSPS should re­flect the im­por­tance of that po­si­tion.”

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