The News of the World reports that David Cameron hopes to stop his shadow cabinet from pursuing outside interests as the General Election approaches. A "source from David Cameron’s office" told the newspaper:
“We cannot have potential conflicts of interests as we try to look like a government-in-waiting. However, this is not a popular project and we are getting a lot of resistance. There will come a point when David will have to issue an order but we are worried we could lose some people over this.”
"A senior member of the Shadow Cabinet" commented:
“I don’t want to take a pay cut 18 months before a general election just so it looks good on paper. We all go to extraordinary lengths to ensure there are no conflicts of interests. Some people could lose out on £200,000 a year by this, and I know one or two would walk out if that were imposed now.”
Criticism of the shadow cabinet’s outside interests reached a peak in the summer of last year. The Daily Mail’s Ben Brogan worried that a ‘part-time’ shadow cabinet was being insufficiently energetic in attacking Gordon Brown.