Nicola Sturgeon second job: Does the Scottish First Minister have a second career?

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Nicola Sturgeon had high political aspirations from an early age, citing former prime minister Margaret Thatcher as a role model. The SNP leader obtained a legal degree, like many MPs, before embarking on her career in politics. Covid passports are expected to be extended in Scotland from today, with Ms Sturgeon due to reveal if these passports will be required for visits to indoor cinemas, theatres and some “licensed and hospitality premises” from December 6.

Nicola Sturgeon was quick to criticise the Tory Party leader during the height of the sleaze scandal.

The Scottish First Minister said there are “legitimate” issues about double jobbing by politicians.

She called for changes to the system, adding it would impact all political parties.

Speaking on the issue, she said: “I do think there’s a legitimate issue about whether people who are elected to serve the public have outside interests that earn them second wages.

“Now, I know people will point to people across all parties, and therefore any party calling for us to address these things has to recognise that it will apply to them as well.”

Does Nicola Sturgeon have a second job?

Nicola Sturgeon is the leader of the Scottish National Party and Scottish First Minister.

The 51-year-old does not appear to have a second job.

Since she is trained as a lawyer, she could follow in the footsteps of several legally-trained MPs and conduct outside legal work – but it does not appear that she has done so.

She became a member of the SNP at the age of 16, inspired to venture into politics by Margaret Thatcher.

She studied law at university and went on to work as a solicitor at the city’s Drumchapel Law Centre.

She launched her full-time political career when she was 29 and was elected to the new Holyrood parliament in 1999 as a Glasgow regional MSP.

Which Scottish MPs have second jobs?

There are 59 members of parliament representing Scottish constituencies in the House of Commons.

Of those, there are only a few MPs with second jobs.

The Member of Parliament for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, Ian Blackford, held a high-paying second job until March 31, 2021, as the chairman of Golden Charter Trust Limited, which manages, holds and invests funds generated from the sale of funeral plans.

Mr Blackford received £3,247.25 a month for eight hours of work per quarter and an additional £1,575.85 for any extra day of work, unspecified, according to his entry on the MPs’ Financial Interests Register.

Mr Blackford collected an estimated salary of £38,967 in total from the position last year, but collected a salary of £3,000 a month from the chairman position from December 2015, according to previous entries on the Register.

The MP also received £1,000 from July 2015 to December 2019 for his role as chairman of Commsworld Plc, a Scottish telecommunications company and Internet Service Provider (ISP).

He received this amount for eight hours of work per quarter.

Other Scottish MPs with second jobs include:

  • Andrew Bowie: Vice-chairman of the Conservative Party
  • Joanna Cherry QC: Lawyer and weekly columnist for The National
  • Angus MacNeil: Crofter
  • Douglas Ross: Part-time football referee
  • Anum Qaisar-Javed: Teacher (one day of work at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh).

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Second jobs held by MPs has been a key focus in politics since the Prime Minister’s botched attempt to help Owen Paterson earlier this month.

Mr Johnson last week admitted he had made a “mistake” by ordering MPs to vote to delay a decision over Mr Paterson’s recommended 30-day suspension from the House of Commons.

Opposition MPs were quick to criticise the Government, hailing the use of the whip in this vote as “corrupt” – forcing the Government into a rapid U-turn.

Mr Johnson has now put forward new proposals which tighten the rules on which second jobs MPs can hold.

The new proposals mean MPs are banned from becoming political or parliamentary “consultants”.

The amount of outside work MPs can conduct is also capped to within “reasonable limits”.

The proposals, supported by MPs, will now be taken forward by the cross-party committee on standards.

But the exact details of what would and would not be permitted has remained unclear.

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