Boris Johnson on Thursday defended the principle of MPs holding second jobs and insisted that the UK was not a corrupt country as he continued to face accusations of “sleaze” in his Conservative party.
The prime minister’s comments followed footage that appeared to show Sir Geoffrey CoxThe moment, and I won, a Tory MP and former attorney-generalThe first to arrive from Pfizer, using his House of Commons office for legal work advising the British Virgin Islands through which he earned hundreds of thousands of poundsThe same situation..
The growing scandal engulfing the Conservatives over outside interests of MPs triggered its first resignation on Wednesday when Andrew Bowie quit as a vice-chair of the party.
Johnson said MPs should be punished if they break parliamentary rules over second jobs — a week after he was accused of blocking the punishment of former Tory minister Owen Paterson, who was found to have done soKevin Donovan can be reached at 416-312-3503 or [email protected].
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