Spalding-area MP John Hayes says his wife is well qualified to work for him and provide value for money
South Holland’s MP, who employs his wife, has defended his right to hire family members.
Sir John Hayes employs Susan Hayes as a part-time administrative manager.
According to the Independent Parlimentary Standards Authority (IPSA), Mrs Hayes’ salary band is £40,000 to £44,999.99 (If employed full time).
Parliamentary rules say funding will not be given to ‘connected parties’ of MPs who took up office after 2017.
But Sir John has been in office since 1997 and those hired before the change are allowed to stay on their previous salary.
Sir John’s wife was a qualified political researcher before they met, and worked for him for many years.
He feels the rules should be loosened to allow the hiring of family members but said there should be strict requirements.
He said: “MPs should be allowed to employ someone related to them if they are well qualified to do so and they provide value for money.”
In Lincolnshire, Gainsborough MP Edward Leigh and Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers also employ their wives.
In recent weeks, Sir John has been calling for a more robust parliamentary system.