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Politicians clash over second jobs row

Ed Miliband has called on David Cameron to ban MPs from having second jobs "to restore the reputation of this house" following recent allegations against two former foreign secretaries.

Tory MP Sir Malcolm Rifkind is to step down as an MP at the General Election and has also resigned as chairman of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee, he said.

Sir Rifkind and Jack Straw were both suspended from their parties after they were secretly filmed allegedly offering to use their positions and contacts to benefit a private company in return for cash. Both men deny any wrong-doing.

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Cameron declines to comment on Rifkind's ISC role

David Cameron has declined to say whether he believes Sir Malcolm Rifkind should stand down as chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee over cash-for-access claims.

The PM said it was not his job to select the chairman of the ISC. Credit: PA

Rifkind has been suspended from the Parliamentary Conservative Party while a probe into the claims take place, but Cameron stressed that the ISC chairman was selected by the committee's members and not the Prime Minister.

"I can't interfere with that - it is a matter for the committee and the House of Commons," he said.

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