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Jan 8 16 tweets 7 min read
💰 Ever wondered how much money MPs make outside their parliamentary salary❓

A joint investigation by Sky News and Tortoise Media found that the top 20 MP earners made close to two thirds of all of the outside earnings since December 2019

The #westminsteraccounts show that the majority of the money went to Tory politicians - a total of £15.2m - while Labour MPs earned an additional £1.2m above the £84,144 salary for the day job.

🧵 Here we reveal the top earners in Westminster 👇
🔵The top earner is Theresa May who received the most money, earning £2,550,876 since December 2019.

Her biggest pay cheque came from Cambridge Speaker Series, who gave her £408,200 for six talks in California, as well as flights and accommodation

🔴Labour's shadow foreign secretary David Lammy topped his party's list with earnings of £202,599 - he appears 12th on the list of top earners.

He has declared income from 40 different sources - the most of any MP on our list

🔵The second highest paid MP for work outside of Parliament was Sir Geoffrey Cox, who totted up £2,191,387 from nine different law firms and a local Conservative association

⚖️There was a controversy last year when Sir Geoffrey was found to have earned over £800,000 from one company, Withers, for his work on an inquiry into corruption in the British Virgin Islands.

📈 That figure has risen to over £1.8m in the past three years

🔵Third spot in the list of parliament's biggest earners is taken by Boris Johnson.

The former prime minister has rocketed up the earnings rankings, declaring more than a million pounds in earnings since he stepped down from office last September

🗣️ Almost all of Boris Johnson’s declared earnings since the last election came from just four speeches in October and November 2022, one of which in New York was paid at a rate of around £32,500 per hour

🔵Other notable names in the list include former chancellor Sajid Javid, who has earned £361,566 from advising banks on the global economy and giving speeches

🔴Labour’s Jess Phillips is the second - and final - MP from her party in the top 20, coming in at number 19 with £162,838 of external earnings

✍️ Jess Phillips’ money comes from a range of places - including almost £65,000 for an advance on a book, £25,000 for appearing on Have I Got News For You, and just shy of £30,000 for columns in the Independent

🟡Outside earnings for the Lib Dems totalled £171,000 - but £159,758 of that has been earned by Sir Ed Davey who is the 21st highest earning MP.

He earns £5,000 a month as a political consultant and £37,984 as an asset manager for solar projects

💼The debate over second jobs dominated 2021 after former Tory MP Owen Paterson became embroiled in a lobbying scandal that led to his resignation.

Other high profile cases of MPs staying within the rules but earning thousands for outside work emerged…

…and demands for reform began to ring from all corners of the Commons.

🚫Some changes are due to come into effect later this year, with MPs to be banned from taking on work as political or parliamentary consultants from March

One source involved in drafting the new rules suggested this could impact the second jobs of around 30 MPs.

📺But they will not prevent others from earning significant amounts for speeches, TV appearances and legal work

Find out how much outside earnings your local MP makes by using the #westminsteraccounts tool🔻…

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Jan 8
🟣 📣 The Westminster Accounts are live.

Sky News and Tortoise Media have created the first database showing the scale of money entering UK politics.

Use our tool to search for your MP and find out who has given them money 👇

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