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David Cameron refuses to act on MPs’ second jobs

At Prime Minister’s Questions today, Ed Miliband challenged David Cameron six times to take action to end MPs’ second jobs – and six times he refused to say he would.

The House of Commons will vote later today on Labour’s proposal that MPs should be barred from holding paid directorships or consultancies. But David Cameron won’t back change.

Before he became Prime Minister, David Cameron said that “Being a Member of Parliament must be a full-time commitment… The public deserves nothing less”. But in Government, he has done nothing to deal with what he once called “the far-too-cosy relationship between politics, government, business and money”.

On second jobs the difference is clear: Labour wants to change a broken system, the Tories want to cling to it.


Rise in zero-hours contracts shows the recovery isn’t working for working people

The ONS has published new figures today showing that there are now 1.8 million zero hours contracts and that the number of people reporting they are on a zero-hours contract for their main job has risen by almost 20 per cent.

This is yet another stark illustration of a recovery which is not working for working people.

The Tories’ plan is failing working families. While they prioritise a few at the top, for others there’s a rising tide of insecurity. Ministers have watered down every person’s rights at work and zero-hours contracts have gone from being a niche concept to becoming the norm in parts of our economy.

Labour’s better plan would ban exploitative zero-hours contracts, prohibit employers from requiring workers to be available on the off chance they are needed, ensure zero-hours contract workers who have shifts cancelled at short notice receive compensation and give employees who consistently work regular hours the right to a fixed-hours contract.

Only Labour will deliver a recovery that works for all, restoring security and dignity at work.

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