I've just been looking at the rather lame LibDem Bromley by election website. The LibDems main point of attack on Bob 'Winning here' Neill seems to be that if elected he will have four jobs - MP, GLA Member, Health Authority Member and Barrister. They've put out one of their nasty little newspapers pointing this out.
The four jobs thing is a bit rich when you consider...
On the GLA:
Baroness [Sally] Hamwee – London AM, life peer, solicitor, and President of Town and Country Planning Association – 4 jobs
Lord [Graham] Tope – London AM, life peer, councillor in Sutton – 3 jobs
Geoff Pope – London AM, management consultant – 2 jobs
Mike Tuffrey – London AM, management consultant – 2 jobs
In the House of Commons:
Sir Menzies Campbell still lists ‘occasional practice as Queen’s Counsel’ in his register of interests Lynne Featherstone – stood down as a London AM a month after getting elected to Parliament, but remained a local councillor until the elections last May.
Mike Hancock – also a councillor in Portsmouth
Nick Harvey – frontbench spokesman on defence, and a communications strategies consultant to Harrison Cowley, a PR agency
John Hemming – director of JHC plc. (his own software company), chairman of MMI (record company), sole trader of sole trader of MarketNet, partner in OMX Securities LLP, councillor in Birmingham – 5 jobs
Mark Hunter – councillor in Cheadle
Paul Keetch - chairman of Raynard Reseach Limited, a company owned by him providing advice ‘on general and parliamentary matters’
Susan Kramer – remunerated directorship of Infrastructure Capital Partners Ltd. (financial consulting on infrastructure projects), and Speciality Scanners plc. (options held in lieu of fees)
Norman Lamb - consultant to Steeles LLP (solicitors)
John Leech - councillor, Manchester City Council
Paul Rowen – director of Corinya Ltd (property investment in Uganda), Councillor on Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, consultancy work with ‘IDEA’ for other councils
John Thurso – chairman of 4 companies, Director of three wholly owned subsidiaries of Ulbster Holdings Ltd., Director of Millennium and Copthorne Hotels plc., Lecturer at Cranfield University
Roger Williams – Partner in R. H. Williams (farming partnership)
I do hope our by-election team won't be backward in pointing this out. I shall be paying another visit to Bromley myself to lend a hand tomorrow, I hope.