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Time we kept an eye on MPs’ actual work | Letters

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Re your report about Caroline Dinenage (Former minister takes second job as No 10 drops plan to cap MPs’ earnings, 22 March), the salaries of our parliamentary representatives are paid by the taxpayer and they are employed by their constituents. With increasing surveillance of staff by employers, online and via cameras, perhaps we should follow suit and monitor MPs in the same way. They use (or should be using) government computers for their constituency work and, thanks to Matt Hancock, we know there are cameras.

Let’s follow the example of other employers and have webcams in the Houses of Parliament, government and constituency offices, and weekly reports on MPs’ online activity on government computers. To augment this, we could also have the old- fashioned timesheet to log activities not covered by the aforementioned and include a column for time spent on second jobs.
Sue Edwards
Sidmouth, Devon

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