Parliament As A Family Business


Sunlight has never really thought that it was really good idea for elected officials to have their spouses on their payroll. It just raises too many possible conflict of interest questions. Looks like the European Parliament doesn’t think it’s a very good idea either.

Although the extent to which family members are employed is unclear, it is a common practice among British MEPs which evolved because of the need to run a political office at home, out of normal office hours.

A group inside the Parliament is currently considering the rules for MEPs and their assistants before a final decision is made by parliament’s internal political body. Seems like a little research might be in order.

Hat tip: Scott