Government changed laws so more MPs could hold government positions – PN

first_imgOpposition Leader Adrian Delia said that the Labour-led government since 2013 had changed the law to enable more backbench MPs to hold government positions, which include consultancies and positions of trust. The PN had voted against.In a statement on Sunday signed by Delia, Partit Nazzjonalista reacted to the Standard Commissioner’s report.READ: Employing backbench MPs as consultants must stop – Standards CommissionerDelia observed that the remarks by the Commissioner of Standards in Public Life were similar to the recommendations by the Venice Commission. He appealed to the government to take actions which would safeguard the independence of MPs and parliament itself. Delia added that the time has come for MPs to be offered the option to work full-time while distancing themselves from conflicts of interest.The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life said that employing backbench members of Parliament as government consultants needs to stop, arguing that the practice of MPs holding roles as, ‘persons of trust,’ in government ministries, as chairpersons or board members on public bodies is ‘fundamentally wrong,’ and could constitute, ‘a breach of article 55(1)(g) of the Constitution.’WhatsApp <a href=’” alt=”last_img” /> read more

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