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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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Tories 'respect' Rifkind's decision to step down as MP

The Conservative party has said it supports Sir Malcolm Rifkind's decision to stand down as an MP.

Sir Rifkind, 68, also announced earlier today he would be resigning as chairman of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee

The news comes amid fresh pressure over cash for access allegations.

Sir Malcolm has had a long career of distinguished service both to the Conservative Party and the country. We respect and support his decision to stand down.

– Conservative Party spokesperson

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