PMQs: Boris Johnson hits out at ‘uncivil’ Ian Blackford
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The new attention focussed on Sir Geoffrey comes as a video emerged purporting to show him using his Parliamentary office for paid legal work. The ex-attorney general allegedly conducted a virtual meeting from the office on September 14, which would have broken the rule stating he cannot use it for “personal or financial benefit”. A statement from his office said he does not “believe that he breached the rules” but would “accept the judgment of the Parliamentary Commissioner or of the committee on the matter”.
The furore around the crossover between MPs private and public jobs continues has sucked in every UK political party.
Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP all have members who have previously taken second jobs.
Several of them continue to receive money today, while others claim to have finished work after starting their Parliamentary terms.
Among them are notable SNP figures such as Westminster leader Ian Blackford.
Which SNP members have a second job?
The SNP has touched on the second jobs controversy from its Scottish and Westminster office.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there is a “legitimate issue” surrounding the dual-job practice, and Mr Blackford has also weighed in.
He is among SNP MPs who currently claim a lucrative side income from their second jobs, and Express.co.uk has combed through Parliament’s Register of Member’s Financial Interests to find all the others.
As Mr Paterson resigned from his North Shropshire seat last week, Mr Blackford urged the Prime Minister to commit to an inquiry.
He called for an investigation into the “growing problem of Tory sleaze, cronyism and corruption” via Twitter.
Mr Blackford takes income from not one but two extra-parliamentary roles.
According to the Scottish Sun, he kept roles as chairman of a “funeral plans fund” and telecom firm.
Speaking on ITV’s Representing Border, presenter Peter MacMahon claimed he had earned £3,247 for “eight hours a week every three months of work”.
The SNP leader claimed he “came into Parliament” with a “number of non-executive directorships”, which he has since winded down and left behind.
He claimed the “interests in business” he once had have helped shape his “ability to deliver as an MP”.
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One of the SNPs most prominent members, Joanna Cherry, the member for Edinburgh South West, receives money for her “limited practice as a QC and member of the Faculty of Advocates”.
She also continues to receive “payments for legal services” rendered before her election in 2015.
The register records that she also writes weekly columns for the National, for which she claims £150 each.
Mhairi Black is the SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South.
According to the register, she has claimed additional income since 2015 also for writing columns for The National.
Ms Black receives £150 for fortnightly columns and her first payment, totalling £900, came on December 1, 2015.
One of the SNP’s newer members, Steven Bonnar became the MP for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill in 2019.
He has an additional role as a member of North Lanarkshire Council that he registered in 2020.
The register shows he receives “£17,000 a year, paid four weekly” for working five to 10 hours during this period.
Mr Nicolson is the SNP MP for Ochil and South Perthshire.
He received payments recorded on the register between November 2020 and May 2021.
These came from News UK for hosting a radio show with the company, worth between £2,400 and £4,800.
Mr Qaisar-Javed serves as the MP for Airdrie and Shotts and also works as a teacher.
His record shows that he received a total of £10,141.12 for one day’s work in May this year.
The payment included “work carried out as a teacher” and holiday pay.
Several SNP MPs also received money for conducting surveys for companies in the UK, including Ipsos MORI and YouGov.
Payments for these ranged between £60 and £275, according to the register.
MPs paid for the surveys include:
- Martyn Day (Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
- Dave Doogan (Angus)
- Patricia Gibson (North Ayrshire and Arran)
- Patrick Grady (Glasgow North)
- Peter Grant (Glenrothes)
- Drew Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)
- David Linden (Glasgow East)
- Anne McLaughlin (Glasgow North East)
- Gavin Newlands (Paisley and Renfrewshire North)
- Alan Brown (Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
- Amy Callaghan (East Dunbartonshire)
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