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Politicians' Second Jobs: Should They be Allowed to Keep Them?
Foregoing a second job can prevent politicians from being influenced by lobbying groups.
found that 60% of UK voters believe members of Parliament taking second jobs risks conflicts of interest or corruption.
The second jobs a politician is likely to have will often make them a member of a specific interest group, thus limiting their ability to do their job impartially.
Even if a politician divests themselves of their business interests, they cannot erase their previous business relationships - therefore, non-financial influence can remain.
MPs need to declare their financial interests, including paid employment outside Parliament, in the
Register of Members' Financial Interests
. If voters are choosing to remain ignorant and do not take that information into account, it's their fault, not the politicians'.
Many of the
of lobbyist money do not have second jobs.
When incomes are too low, politicians will look for other under the table methods of supplementing their incomes, leading to more corruption and influence from outside groups.