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12 November 2021

Will the row over MPs’ second jobs hurt Boris Johnson?

The backlash over MPs’ second jobs in the wake of the Owen Paterson fiasco could cause internal strife for the government.

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

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