LETTER: How will George Osborne balance his new role?

When Ed Miliband was leader of the Labour Party, he frequently accused George Osborne of being a part-time Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Tuesday, 21st March 2017, 4:20 pm
Updated Saturday, 25th March 2017, 11:49 am
020616 George Osborne from the Vote Remain campaign looking through yestereday's Yorkshire Post at the Yorkshire Post Offices in Leeds yesterday(thurs) (GL1010/29o)

News that Osborne is to become the editor of the London Evening Standard makes you wonder how he can find the time to serve his constituents as an MP.

A former editor of the paper claimed he worked between 80 to 100 hours a week.

This moonlighting of jobs in Parliament is nothing new.

Boris Johnson was serving as Mayor of London when he became an MP in 2015, not to mention his £250,000-a-year pay for writing a column for the Daily Telegraph, which he called “chicken feed”.

Sir Nicholas Soames, Tory grandee and grandson of Winston Churchill, tried to block the introduction of a £3.60 minimum wage in 1998, whilst holding senior positions at four businesses.

It was said at the time he was earning up to £11 per minute of work.

This is the tip of the iceberg as 303 MPs and 493 peers have outside earnings.

They may not have broken any laws, but it can’t be right that these elected representatives are not giving 100 per cent effort to those they deem to represent.

John Appleyard, Firthcliffe Parade, Liversedge