DESPITE Westminster being embroiled in a sleaze row amid the Owen Paterson scandal, a Conservative MP has taken on a third job earning a £60,000 a year salary on top of his parliamentary earnings.

Stephen McPartland registered the £5000 per month role for consultancy work for the London-based global investment company MBU Capital Group, according to the register of members’ financial interests.

It's despite a heated row over MPs second jobs in the wake of the Paterson lobbying row in which the Tory MP broke parliamentary rules.

Paterson was found to have acted inappropriately after lobbying for two companies he was a paid consultant for.

Despite the scandal, parliamentary records show McPartland's own firm McPartland Consulting Ltd is gaining £60k per year on top of his £82k salary as a member of parliament “for providing strategic advice on expanding geographically into untackled markets and increasing investment activities through a risk adjusted platform. Hours: up to 8 hours a month”.

According to its website, MBU focuses on “natural resources, education, cannabis/CBD, and real estate”.

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Despite previously vowing that being an MP would be his full-time job, the Tory MP also works 10 hours per month as a non-executive director for the retailer Furniture Village, for which he earns £4,166.67 a month.

McPartland started work for Furniture village in 2014, originally earning around £3700 a month from his work.

In 2010, McPartland told his voters: “If I became Stevenage's MP, I would treat it as a full-time job.”

The MP was previously accused of betraying his voters in 2015 by Labour after he earned more than £70,000 from a string of jobs.

Before being elected as a member of parliament, the English politician previously worked for the lobbying firm BritishAmerican Business.

The two extra jobs mean McPartland takes home £110,000 per year on top of his salary for being an MP.

The issue has caused a debate around politicians' second jobs, with a number of MPs and MSPs making up hundreds of thousands of pounds every year on top of their official salary.

A recent Survation poll found that 68% of people in the UK think MPs should not be allowed to take on paid work outside parliament.

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McPartland joins several of his Conservative colleagues to face scrutiny over second and third jobs, including Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross.

In November The Herald found that the MP and MSP failed to declare more than £28,000 in earnings.

The Moray MP and Highlands and Islands region MSP made nearly £7000 from refereeing 16 football matches from October 2020 to January 2021 but did not record that income in the register of interests. He also did not declare his Holyrood salary of £21,000.

Ross said the omissions were a “genuine mistake”, adding: “This was an error on my behalf that shouldn’t have happened, and I apologise for not registering these payments on time.”