Seema Malhotra, the Labour MP for Feltham and Heston, has been criticised for using unpaid interns in her office despite standing on a platform of no unpaid internships at the 2015 General Election.
Malhotra was also one of the MPs named by The Sun newspaper before the General Election for using unpaid interns and a spokesman for the Unite Union said:
“Our MPs ought to be upholding them, setting a high standard for employers.”
Malhotra was also absent from a vote in the House of Commons in May 2014 which voted on whether unpaid internships should be banned.
Malhotra has represented the constituency since a by-election in 2011 and since 2014 she has been the Shadow Minister for Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls.
Details of the job are currently visible at http://www.w4mpjobs.org/JobDetails.aspx?jobid=52141 and no pay was offered to those working in the MP’s office. The job did though advertise “reasonable lunch and travel expenses” with the role requiring four days of work each week.
The Guido Fawkes blog reposted details of the advertisement earlier today. Malhotra has also claimed in previous years for the tax-payer to fund the lunches and rail fares of the interns with the claims published at http://www.parliamentary-standards.org.uk/.