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Family Affair: Nearly 90 MPs Still Employing Husbands And Wives With Taxpayer Money

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Nearly 90 MPs still use taxpayer-funded expenses to employ members of their own family, according to the most recent register.

More than one in eight MPs employs a loved one, despite a ban on the practice coming into force for new hires in 2017.

Analysis by HuffPost UK finds that husbands, wives, sisters, stepsons, stepdaughters, mothers and fathers are all still on the public payroll.

Some 87 MPs have declared the employment of a relative in the latest register of members’ financial interests, dated November 1, 2021.

63 per cent of those MPs who employ relatives are from the Conservative party, followed by Labour on 26 per cent.

The jobs range from personal assistants to communications managers - and include full-time roles that can earn up £50,000 a year.

The practice is banned for new hires, but family members employed by an MP prior to the 2017 ban were allowed to continue in their roles.


© HuffPost

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