The Liberal Democrat General Election candidates in Bournemouth and Poole have today made a pledge to constituents never to hold a second job if they are elected to Parliament on 8th June.
Phil Dunn, candidate for Bournemouth West, is currently a secondary school teacher.
Jon Nicholas, candidate for Bournemouth East, is a conflict management consultant.
Mike Plummer, candidate for Poole, is a lecturer in Business and Management at Bournemouth and Poole College.
All three candidates have today pledged to devote 100% of their time to their constituency, Parliamentary duties and public service should they be elected. Neither candidate would accept paid employment outside of their role as an MP, beyond voluntary, unpaid or public service roles.
This pledge pre-empts the Committee on Standards in Public Life consultation into the guidelines around conflicts of interests for MPs during the last Parliament, including from second jobs, which is due to report in June.
Commenting, Bournemouth West candidate Phil Dunn, said:
“Being elected to represent the people of Bournemouth West is the most important job I could ever have, and one that I believe every MP should devote all their energies to.
“Fighting against a hard Brexit, for better education and housing, and protecting the NHS for the people of Bournemouth would be a privilege, and I would never seek to use my position as the local MP for additional financial gain.
“Local people would rightly expect this to be a full-time job; this is what it will be for me.”
Unpaid and/or voluntary work that furthers constituency work, or other public service roles (e.g. medical, military or ministerial), would not fall within this pledge.