Two weeks ago Tory MP’s voted to overhaul the system of parliamentary standards, in a bid to rescue fellow Tory MP and former minister Owen Paterson.
Mr Paterson broke lobbying rules in an “egregious case of paid advocacy” while working as a paid consultant for two companies on top of his job as a member of parliament.
Paterson was paid for consultancy work by a health diagnostic firm, Randox Laboratories, and a meat processing firm, Lynn’s Country Foods.
After a failed attempt to save Mr Paterson, he resigned. This led to an onslaught of scrutiny to other Tory MPs with second jobs, including Sir Geoffrey Cox who spent time on the tax haven British Virgin Islands while he was supposedly serving consituents.
This all led to Labour putting down a Commons motion calling for MPs to be banned from holding paid directorships or consultancies.
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