In the wake of the Derek Conway affair the Tories are considering banning their MPs from employing their children:
Proposals to ban the children of MPs from being paid out of public funds for working for them are being considered by the Conservatives in the wake of the Derek Conway affair, party sources said last night.
The Tories believe his prompt decision to stand down will help draw a line under the matter, after a flurry of damning headlines once again associating the party with “sleaze”. But they are considering extra steps to remove the taint. A Tory source said the leadership would actively look at banning children from being paid from parliamentary allowances. But the leadership believes spouses – such as Conway’s wife, Colette, who is employed as his personal assistant – should be permitted. [Via The Guardian]
Itâ€™s a complicated situation, technically thereâ€™s nothing wrong with employing family members (how many of us have worked in a family business over the summer holidays?) but it doesnâ€™t look good. It also undermines the Tory claims of meritocracy, shouldn’t it be the best person for the job not the most convenient?
What do you think; are things fine as they are? Do the Tories new ideas go far enough (should they include MPs partners)?
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