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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: MPs being paid to lobby is 'not acceptable'

David Cameron has said that MPs being paid to lobby is "not acceptable" adding that it was right that Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind have referred themselves to the Parliamentary Commissioner,

Cameron: MPs being paid to lobby is 'not acceptable'. Credit: PA

Speaking in Hastings, the Prime Minister said: "...I think it's also right that in both cases, while that happens, the party whip should be suspended. That is what will happen with Sir Malcolm Rifkind as well as with Jack Straw.

"In Sir Malcolm's case, he is still a candidate at the next election, so there will be an immediate disciplinary inquiry by the Conservative Party to look at this case."

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