Geoffrey Cox is the latest MP to come under fire over his extra earnings for legal work outside of his parliamentary duties.
It follows the resignation of MP Owen Paterson after he was found to have breached lobbying rules, as well as criticism over the way the government awarded Covid-related contracts.
Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the ethics of MPs’ side-gigs and why the row is such a headache for Boris Johnson.
Then in You Ask Us, a listener asks whether it would be workable or desirable to tie MP salaries to the median national income.
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