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Sir John Hayes MP explains why employing his wife is right for parliamentary post

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An MP who employs his wife has defended the right to hire family members.

Sir John Hayes (Con - South Holland and the Deepings) employs his wife Susan as part-time administrative manager for a salary of £40,000 to 44,999.99

Parliamentary rules say funding will not be given to ‘connected parties’ of MPs who took up office after 2017. Sir John has been in office since 1997 and those hired before the change are allowed to stay on their previous salary.

Sir John Hayes, MP
Sir John Hayes, MP

Sir John’s wife was a qualified political researcher before they met and worked for him for many years.

He feels the rules should be loosened to allow the hiring of family members but said there should be strict requirements.

He said: “MPs should be allowed to employ someone related to them if they are well qualified to do so and they provide value for money.”

In Lincolnshire, Gainsborough MP Edward Leigh and Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers also employ their wives.

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