Latest from politics: Boris Johnson’s second job plans only “follow existing rules”, admits ex-minister
BOri Johnson’s U-turns and second row jobs are causing “discontent” among Tory MPs, said a vice-chairman of the powerful 1922 committee of backbenchers.
After two weeks of damaging headlines, which led to a fall of the Tories in the polls, the PM yesterday tried to take the lead by writing to the President to propose a partial ban on second jobs and “reasonable limits” on the job outside. to ensure that MPs focus on their daily work.
His intervention came as Sir Keir Starmer, the Labor leader, was drawing up a five-point plan to “clean up politics”, with the ban on second jobs being voted on today.
Commerce Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said Mr Johnson was “taking the lead” on bashing and second jobs.
But the move sparked consternation among some Tory backbench MPs, which further strained the relationship with No.10.
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, 1922 Vice-President, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: âThere is [frustration]. Clearly the whole issue of standards and the motion before the House and then a full U-turn and now this … us. ”
But Jake Berry, a former minister, appeared to ignore the impact the proposals would have, saying: “The Prime Minister’s proposalsâ¦ are that we are going to vote in Parliament today to enforce the existing rules.”