How many MPS hold a current practicing certificate as barristers and or solicitors, and if so who are they
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From: Grace Haden
Dear Parliamentary Service,
By way of OIA please advise
How many MPS hold a current practicing certificate as barristers and or solicitors, and if so who are they and what are their port folios.
Please also advise if their membership as a member of the law society has been disclosed as a possible conflict of interest in their respective roles/ office.
Also is there a policy with regards to practicing lawyers being MPS if so could you please provide a copy of this.
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Attached is a list of the current MPs who are lawyers.
There is nothing to stop a lawyer being an MP, but they usually don't do lawyer work whilst they are an MP, as being an MP is such a full-time job. They must avoid conflicts of interest, and I have attached the rules about this.
There have not been any cases of an MP who was lawyer having a conflict of interest, but I have attached some examples where it was claimed that an MP who was a lawyer had a conflict of interest.
I hope this information is helpful.
Parliamentary Information Service.