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Hands up, who has two jobs?

Issue No. 2158

Hard-up MPs – surviving on salaries of little more than £60,000 a year, not including expenses – are forced rely on outside jobs to help stay afloat.

Many work part-time as company directors. This week they will have to at least tell us how many jobs they have.

Among the highest earners is Nick Raynsford, the former Labour housing minister, who collected £148,000 from six private sector jobs last year, mostly connected to housing.

Alan Milburn, the former health secretary, announced that he was standing down from parliament at the next election. He earns at least £115,000 a year from five outside employers.

Health is an interest of other Labour MPs, including Patricia Hewitt. She collects £60,000 a year from Boots. Meanwhile, Paddy Tipping MP grabs £18,000 a year for working two hours a week as non-executive chairman of the North Nottinghamshire LIFT.

Not to be outdone, plenty of Tories and Lib Dems also have their snouts in the trough.

Tory policy chief Oliver Letwin “earns” £60,000 a year for eight hours a week at investment bank NM Rothschild.

And, Liberal Democrat MP Paul Keetch made himself £48,000 for 36 days work advising an insurance broker and tent supplier.

Life is tough when you are forced to work two jobs in order to survive.

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Tue 30 Jun 2009, 18:25 BST
Issue No. 2158
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