MP Malik has father on payroll

DEWSBURY'S Shahid Malik is the only MP in the country to employ his father in his office.

Mr Malik, who is also minister of international development, gave Rafique Malik a job as a caseworker in 2005.

Rafique Malik is paid between 13,566 and 25,195 a year, pro rata, from the MP's staffing allowance, which is funded by the taxpayer.

Labour MP Mr Malik is alone in listing his father as an employee, according to the Register of Members' Interests, a new version of which was published this week.

A spokesman for Mr Malik said his father worked for two days a week because he had "considerable experience", serving as a councillor for more than 30 years and spending a term as Mayor of Burnley.

According to the register, around one in six MPs employs family members in their offices.

MPs have been urged to declare any family members working for them in the wake of the Derek Conway scandal.

Tory MP Mr Conway was suspended from the House for 10 days for overpaying his son from the staffing allowance.