Labour's Starmer Rejects Job at London Law Firm After Criticism

  • Starmer says ‘other commitments’ prevent him from taking post
  • Mishcon backed Gina Miller’s court challenge to Article 50

Keir Starmer, the Labour Party’s Brexit spokesman, turned down a job at Mishcon de Reya LLP after fellow Parliament members criticized his discussions with the law firm, which has backed cases against the U.K.’s departure from the European Union.

Starmer cited the demands from his “other commitments” when explaining why he turned down the part-time post, which would have allowed him to keep his seat in Parliament. Conservative lawmakers and members of his own party questioned his talks about the advisor’s job.

James Cleverly, a Brexit-backing Tory, suggested that there was a conflict of interest between working for Mishcon, the firm that represented Gina Miller’s Article 50 court challenge, and Starmer’s role as the shadow Brexit secretary. In a public letter, Cleverly called on Starmer to publish the names of clients Mishcon worked for, and to clarify Labour’s position on MPs taking second jobs outside Parliament.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, has in the past proposed banning MPs from taking such jobs.

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