New rules on MPs hiring their relatives

Strict new rules on MPs employing their spouses and relatives will be revealed by the Commons expenses watchdog this week.

The reform, expected to take effect this month, comes amid concerns that Westminster could face a scandal such as that which has engulfed the French presidential candidate François Fillon, whose wife and children are alleged to have received €1 million as his parliamentary assistants.

The rules will urge British MPs to ensure that all jobs in their parliamentary offices are advertised and that candidates with no links to them are among those interviewed. MPs will have to issue justifications for hiring relatives, in an effort to boost public confidence in the recruitment process. The reform will fall short of the blanket ban on employing family members imposed in the Scottish parliament.

Read on… http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/new-rules-on-mps-hiring-their-relatives-qvhwjfx8j

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7 Responses to New rules on MPs hiring their relatives

  1. Debz says:

    The rules will urge British MPs to ensure that all jobs in their parliamentary offices are advertised and that candidates with no links to them are among those interviewed…………………………

    …………………… so they can write a job description and interview questions to suit their relative giving them an unfair advantage so they just so happen to be the best candidate

  2. Jackie says:

    Its easy for MPs and MEPs to get round this by instead their family working for a fellow MP or MEP and vice versa. So the spirit of the reform is prostituted. The dodgy practice is already being done.

  3. Alex says:

    The flip-side of an outright ban is what to do if a relative is genuinely qualified, motivated and particularly well-suited to working in that constituency because they’re local?

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  5. Colin Tawn says:

    ‘ if a relative is genuinely qualified, motivated and particularly well-suited to working in that constituency………’
    It is a tough call but to avoid any allegations of nepotism and corruption all politicians at local and national level should not IMV employ family members.

    The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) outlined the change in a revised rulebook for MPs’ expenses, saying it does not affect existing employees with family or business ties to MPs.
    Any member of staff who begins a relationship with an MP while working for him or her will also have their contract terminated after a period of two years.
    The rules will apply starting with the next general election, currently scheduled for 2020.
    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/britain-bans-mps-employing-family-members-094905775.html
    One in five of the MPs elected in May’s general election employs their wives, husbands, children, brothers, sisters and even in one case his father, a new register shows.
    Full list here:(As of 2015)
    telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/11706561/One-in-four-MPs-employs-a-family-member-the-full-list-revealed.html

    MP’s have 3 years left to milk the public purse for their family’s benefit.

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