Should MP’s have another job when they are not In parliament?

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What I mean by this is should they have another job? Something simple like a plumber or something different? Or should they just stay as MP’s, is they did they would have more time to think about what they would say next time in parliamen. But if they had another job they could earn more money. What do you think?

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  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    13 Feb 2020

    This is an interesting question! It may make MPs more aware of what life is like for the public, but would they have the time? Can you do some research to find out what an MP does everyday, and how many hours they work?

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    14 Feb 2020

    I do not think an MP should have another job when not in parliament.
    I think this because:
    Firstly, an MP has to work, on average, 70 hours per week, sometimes eighty. If MPs were to have another job when not in Parliament, they would not have much time with their family. This might have a big, negative mental impact on them especially at the moment when the average person works around 34 hours per week. This means that they might not be able to deal with the stress of handling the constituency.
    Secondly, it is not necessary for an MP to do another job when not is parliament. I think this because an MP earns £77,379 per year and that number is due to rise to £79,468, this is way above the average salary, why go under the mental load of another job when you earn enough money anyway. However, an MP might want to do another job when to in parliament for more enjoyment but, having an extra job, even if you enjoy it, means that you might not have enough time for your constituency.
    Finally, there is more to being an MP than sitting in parliament, you have to listen to your constituents, you go around asking people what they would change and constituents come to you to raise issues. An MP has a big job and an MP must do all parts of the job to be an effective MP. Having another job means, as I said, that an MP might not have time for the constituents and then the MP could get outvoted. However, an MP's job is a risky one, they could get outvoted and then they will not have a job. So, it is a good idea for an MP to have another job so, if they are outvoted, they still have some money do push them forwards.
    In conclusion, my viewpoint has changed, I think an MP should have another job so they are not jobless when they are outvoted, however it should be a small job so that it does not interfere with their current job and put them under a huge mental load.

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    1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
      versatile_molecule's comment 19 Feb 2020

      I disagree with the part where you said having a second job will have a big negative impact on and their family. Some people do not always have to work long tiring shifts in their workplace, but at home. It is handy, which makes you happy. Therefore doubling the amount of time you have when you are not working at home. Some jobs even at home offer almost double the amount of what an MP gets (£90,000 to £117,000!) Also, you may have the advantage to claim tax relief, since your working at home regularly. Therefore, I conclude my side of the argument with that it may enrich your family's relationship instead of affecting it

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  • Hammond School logo genuine_cat | Hammond Junior School A
    14 Feb 2020

    I think MPs should have the choice of taking up a secondary job within their constituency. I think this would be really beneficial to the MP because they would feel closer and know more about the community. Secondly, having another job would help them reconnect with their community- being a politician, they went on their own route after schooling to strive to become a MP. Thirdly, being a MP is a very risky job, any second you could get outvoted or sacked, so it is best to have a backup job. Nowadays many MPs live outside the constituency they represent [Michael Gove] or even have only been there a few times, a secondary job would help people like this gain more touch with their constiuency. MPs are not completely full time and are in parliament a little more than half a year, MPs do use this time to plan, think and visit their community but having a little job in this time would help them get on step closer to their constiuency. Concluding, a secondary job would be beneficial to the MPs relationship with their constituency.

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