Watch Video: MPs back Boris Johnson’s ‘watered-down’ proposals to ban them from accepting paid consultancy work by 282 votes to 231

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MPs back Boris Johnson’s ‘watered-down’ proposals to ban them from accepting paid consultancy work by 282 votes to 231

  • Boris Johnson’s plan to ban paid consultancy work has been backed by MPs
  • Labour’s plans to introduce rules to curb business interests was voted down 
  • Vague Government amendment described ban as ‘basis of a viable approach’ 
  • PM told MPs ‘on a clear road I crashed the car into a ditch’ in Owen Paterson row 

Boris Johnson’s plan to ban paid consultancy work has been approved by MPs after the Commons voted through the Government’s ‘watered-down’ proposals to improve standards in politics.

The Prime Minister admitted that he ‘crashed the car into a ditch’ while trying to defend lobbying sleaze shame MP Owen Paterson as he faced furious Tory MPs at the end of a bruising day.

Mr Johnson met the 1922 Committee of backbenchers last night after an explosive PMQs and a torrid few weeks for his party over his attempt to rewrite Parliament’s anti-corruption rules.

He has tried to draw a line under the chaos by pledging to ban MPs from working as consultants on the side after Mr Paterson broke standards rules to act as an advocate for a firm paying him a six-figure salary.

Mr Johnson also suggested MPs should have limits placed on the time they spend on second jobs – with both changes possibly costing dozens of his own backbenchers significant sums.

He later saw off a Labour motion calling for a ban on ‘any paid work to provide services as a parliamentary strategist, adviser or consultant’. The change was rejected by 282 votes to 231, a majority of 51.

MPs voted down Labour’s plans to introduce new rules to curb their outside business interests, something which has increased tensions between Boris Johnson and Tory backbenchers.

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