Keeping it in the family

The suspension of Derek Conway MP from the House of Commons has prompted the parliamentary commission to remind politicians that they should always publicly declare when they employ relatives.
A friend emails me to say how fine the register of members’ interests is down at the National Assembly.
The recently-updated record notes that Tory William Graham (South Wales East) employs his son as an assistant researcher, while North Wales colleague Mark Isherwood’s wife is one of his constituency assistants (5 hours a week).
Conservative Andrew R.T. Davies (South Wales Central) employs his other half on a part-time basis as part of his Assembly support staff.
Labour’s Janice Gregory (Ogmore) employs her husband part-time to do some admin, and the partner of John Griffiths (Newport East) also does some part-time administrative support.
The spouse of Plaid Cymru’s Jocelyn Davies (South Wales East) is a part-time assistant at her constituency office.

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