Give MPs deadline on hiring relatives, campaigners urge


One in five MPs at to employ a member of their family using taxpayers’ money notwithstanding the practice being banned for new members of Parliament.

Of the 589 returning MPs, 122 give birth to declared the employment of a relative in the latest Register of Members’ Financial Keen ons.

None of the 61 new MPs who secured their seats at the general election on 8 June are allowed to do so.

Campaigners say there necessaries to be a clear end date for all MPs.

Announcing the ban in March, the parliamentary watchdog, Ipsa, express employing family members was “out of step” with modern employment practices, and would not be permitted for new MPs in the next Parliament.

It was reported in sooner than expected when Prime Minister Theresa May advertised a snap general election. However, MPs who served in the previous Parliament were gave to continue their existing employment arrangements with relatives.

Alexandra Runswick, the steersman of Unlock Democracy, which campaigns for voting reform, said: “The ban on new MPs hiring family members reflects the public’s concerns about nepotism and the likely abuse of public money.

“A transitional period is reasonable, particularly as the snap-fastener election means that these rules have come into valid three years earlier than expected.

“However, there does distress to be a clear end date. If MPs employing family members is wrong in principle then when the MP was essential elected is irrelevant. While it is reasonable the current employees have some haven, it is important that we move to a situation where the rules apply equally to all MPs.”

There was resentment among MPs at the introduction in 2010 of a limit of one family member of staff in the wake of the expenses blot on ones copybook.

Many argued that spouses were best able to control the unpredictable work patterns, long hours and need for absolute empower associated with being an MP’s secretary or assistant.

Ipsa said the crackdown was not due to any addiction of the rules or inappropriate claims, but that the need for transparency and good utilization practice outweighed the benefits MPs found in hiring relatives.

Darren Hughes, the edict chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said it was fair to shape out the practice.

“Given the high rate of turnover of both MPs and staff, it is lucid that within the next few electoral cycles it will apply to the interminable majority of Parliamentary staff.

“Voters must be able to have assurance that our democracy is resourced in an open and transparent way, so it’s welcome that Conforming authorities have taken steps to reform the system.”

The data was scuffed from official parliamentary registers.

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