Labour leader Ed Miliband has opposed MPs taking jobs on the side, and highlighted legal work (release).
But can it be right that the rules allow MPs to earn hundreds of thousands of pounds from private legal practice while they are supposed to be an MP?
One of the biggest earners is Stephen Phillips, who's registered £713,698.37 since last June. Sir Edward Garnier has so far registered £69851.5 of supplementary income in 2012-2013 (numbers courtesy of our political reporter, James Waterson).
Ed choose not to mention television appearances, a wise move as his party's Diane Abbott has received money for presenting BBC's This Week and appearing on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff, Channel 4's 10 O'Clock Live, and the BBC's Sunday Morning Live, Pointless and University Challenge in 2012-2013 alone. In 2011 Abbott received £3,000 to appear on Come Dine With Me.
We've got a list of some of those MPs receiving pay for legal work:
- Jake Berry, Conservative, Rossendale and Darwen (Parliament)
- Fiona Bruce, Conservative, Congleton (Parliament)
- Robert Buckland, Conservative, South Swindon (Parliament)
- David Burrowes, Conservative, Enfield, Southgate (Parliament)
- Geoffrey Cox, Conservative, Torridge and West Devon (Parliament)
- Sir Edward Garnier, Conservative, Harborough (Parliament)
- Helen Grant, Conservative, Maidstone and The Weald (Parliament)
- Gareth Johnson, Conservative, Dartford (Parliament)
- Jessica Lee, Conservative, Erewash (Parliament)
- Elfyn Llwyd, Plaid Cymru, Dwyfor Meirionnydd (Parliament)
- Guy Opperman, Conservative, Hexham (Parliament)
- Stephen Phillips, Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham (Parliament)
- Simon Reevell, Conservative, Dewsbury (Parliament)
- John Stevenson, Conservative, Carlisle (Parliament)