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Sir John Hayes backs Boris Johnson's proposal on new rules over second jobs

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New rules over second jobs for MPs should not affect South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes' outside interests.

Sir John voted for a Government plan to change the code of conduct for MPs in the Commons last night.

The changes had been proposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson after the Government came under criticism in the wake of its handling of the case of former MP Owen Paterson.

Sir John Hayes (48823972)
Sir John Hayes (48823972)

The standards committee will now look into new rules which are set to state that outside hours should be 'within reasonable limits' and should not involve MPs being paid political consultants.

Sir John's outside roles do not fall into these categories as they are in the fields of academic and international business - so it's understood that his current arrangements could continue under the new system.

He is paid £30,000 a year for 40-50 hours as President of HBSA, a provider of technical and vocational education for women in Saudi Arabia and has an address in Burton on Trent.

As part time professor in Political Studies at the University of Bolton he earns £38,000 a year, for 20-30 hours a month.

He earns £50,000 a year for 80-90 hours as strategic adviser to international firm BB Energy.

He's also received money for writing articles for the Sunday Express, which he has donated to charity.

There is no suggestion of wrongdoing in any of these roles.

The limit on hours is yet to be defined - but 15 hours a week has been suggested, which would be above those worked by Sir John.

Sir John voted against a Labour proposal that sought to introduce its version of a ban on second jobs last night.

The MP, who has represented South Holland and the Deepings since 1997, spoke to us as he went into 10 Downing Street yesterday afternoon but did not wish to add to his previous comments on the matter.

He has recently called for a 'refreshed standards system that is demanding and fair'.

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