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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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MPs standards expert criticises Rifkind and Straw

A former chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life has criticised Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw for being caught out by a sting operation at a time when public trust in MPs is "very low".

Sir John Alistair Graham said that Mr Rifkind would have had to let ministers know if he was working on behalf of a company when making enquires, and raised questions over whether Jack Straw's researcher did "private work" on his behalf in the House of Commons.

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