Nine Conservative MPs earn more money from their extra jobs outside Parliament than their actual Westminster salaries, i analysis has revealed.
All MPs receive a basic annual salary of £81,932 each year, plus expenses to cover the costs of running an office, employing staff, accommodation, and travelling between Parliament and their constituency.
But nine politicians, all of them Tory MPs, rake in more through their work outside of the Commons than they do for representing their constituents.
Before the resignation of of Tory MP Owen Paterson last week, that figure was 10. Mr Paterson’s departure sparked fresh scrutiny on MPs with second jobs after the former Cabinet minister was found to have breached lobbying rules.
The Tory MP for North Shropshire was ruled to have broken Parliamentary standards after it emerged he was being paid nearly £100,000 to act as a consultant for two firms, while helping lobby the Government to seek contracts for the same…