Tory MP earned £300k since May on 2nd job


12:00 pm - October 4th 2010

by Sunny Hundal    


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Conservative MP Stephen Phillips – a QC – has earned nearly £300,000 for legal work in just five months since the election.

He is among 87% of MPs who are raking in money in second jobs while claiming to work hard for their constituents.

The earnings were revealed in the first register of MPs’ interests of the new Parliament.

Other notable cases:

  • Tory MP Tony Baldry has earned £133,067 from directorships and legal work, in some cases billing clients more than £1,000-an-hour.
  • Tim Yeo and John Redwood earned more than £10,000 a month
  • Tory MP Jonathan Evans is paid £12,500 a month by a pensions firm
  • Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg gets £10,000 a month from an investment firm.
  • Former Tory ministers Nicholas Soames and Sir Malcolm Rifkind each pocketed more than £17,500 a month from a series of directorships.

A few didn’t rake it in quite so much. Tory MP Robert Goodwill earned £100 for 10 hours’ work as a tractor driver.

MPs are paid £64,766 plus expenses a year for their work.

via the NotW blog.

Update: in the comments, ukliberty and others point out that the work by Stephen Phillips may have been done before the election. If that is the case, then he would be fully justified in earning the money and I would have no complaints with it.

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From the NotW blog: “New Tory MP Stephen Phillips – a QC – has pocketed £285,150 for legal work in just five months since the election. ”

They added the figures found here. He worked 569.5 hours. It works out to about £500 an hour.

OP says, “He is among 87% of MPs who are raking in money in second jobs while claiming to work hard for their constituents.”

The largest fee:

“Received £171,750, exclusive of VAT, for legal services provided. Solicitors: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Hours: approximately 343.5 hrs carried out between 13 July 2009 and 30 April 2010. (Registered 3 June 2010)”

That’s 74 days. 343.5 hours over 74 days is about 4.6 hours a day. What’s the problem?

Second largest fee:

“Received £53,000, exclusive of VAT, for legal services provided. Solicitors: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Hours: approximately 106 hrs carried out between 2 September 2009 and 16 February 2010. (Registered 3 June 2010)”

198 days, about half an hour a day. Again, what is the problem?

Doh:

“Received £171,750, exclusive of VAT, for legal services provided. Solicitors: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Hours: approximately 343.5 hrs carried out between 13 July 2009 and 30 April 2010. (Registered 3 June 2010)”

That’s 74 days. 343.5 hours over 74 days is about 4.6 hours a day. What’s the problem?

Of course it isn’t 74 days. It’s 291 days, an average of just over an hour a day.

@2

It’s also all work carried out entirely prior to the General Election, but presumably billed afterwards. What a surprise LibCon omitted to mention that!

£10ph for driving a tractor, im in the wrong business.

Parasite,

Oh yes, I wish I had seen that.

6. Flowerpower

@ 3

It’s also all work carried out entirely prior to the General Election

And just to ram the point all the way home: Stephen Phillips was not an MP before the election. He was….. you guessed it… a full-time barrister.

Oh, really, for most of these people it’s pushing the definition of “work” a little. Quid pro quo and graft is the name of the game here. I wouldn’t worry too hard that they’re overburdened with work.

Diane Abbott has trousered a lot of money for presenting that cackfest This Week:

October 2009, received £2517. Hours: 12 hrs. (Registered 27 January 2010)
November 2009, received £3356. Hours: 12 hrs. (Registered 27 January 2010)
December 2009, received £1678. Hours: 6 hrs. (Registered 27 January 2010)
January 2010, received £2517. Hours: 9 hrs. (Registered 27 January 2010)
February 2010, received £3,356. Hours: 12 hrs. (Registered 24 February 2010)
March 2010, received £4,195. Hours: 15 hrs. (Registered 24 March 2010)
April 2010, received £3,356. Hours: 12 hours (Registered 3 June 2010)
May 2010, received £1,687 Hours: 6 hours. (Registered 3 June 2010)
June 2010, received £839. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 13 July 2010)

This is her funniest:

May 2010, fee of £1,000 for taking part in BBC Television programme “Cash in the Attic”.

Cash in the Attic? Not any more there isn’t, Abbott’s spent it all…

This is one of the worst blog posts I’ve ever seen. It’s hyperactive lefty nonsense that undermines any credible opposition to the coalition.

Are MPs not allowed to work before they enter Parliament? Should they all plough the university -> parliament researcher -> member of parliament path?

Get a grip Sunny.

Also, why should MPs who have the time not do other work? They are self-employed after all, so under no conditions to do so.

Now you might argue they should be representing their electorate, which is fine. But I say ‘might’ because Sunny has not argued that here – he has assumed MPs earning extra money is a bad thing. I am not convinced of that without a little more argument.

This is one of the worst blog posts I’ve ever seen. It’s hyperactive lefty nonsense…

You’re right – the News of the World is clearly run by communists these days…

Sunny, Jeff IS a leftie – he, like most of us sane individuals who do not have a stick with Ed Miliband’s face on it inserted in our behinds, doesn’t like it when the left scores an own goal with its po-facedness and hypocrisy.

This blog post is a bit like the 10:10 Boom video!

I’d watch it.

“Conservative MP Stephen Phillips – a QC – has earned nearly £300,000 for legal work in just five months since the election. ”

That ain’t true and he’s a barrister.

It’s also in the top 20 in Goog for a search on his name + “MP”.

Lawyering – £1000
Tractor driving – £10
Mindlessly repeating something you read somewhere – priceless

@12

“This blog post is a bit like the 10:10 Boom video!”

Nothing is that bad, surely…

As for the OP point: I think considering we pay our elected representatives c.£65K minimum p/a we should expect them to be dedicating their time to helping us and fighting our corner in the big House. That is, after all, the point. So if they are doing bits on the side we are entitled to know what, where, and how much more they are getting on top of their salary too. Whether or not it matters is a different kettle of water and for individual voters to decide, I suppose – the point is that we know.

Are MPs not allowed to work before they enter Parliament?

Who said they weren’t? Does that say that in the blog post?

Also, I didn’t accuse Jeff of not being a lefty, I said the NotW wasn’t lefty… sheesh.

Sunny,

I don’t know what’s worse, hyperactive lefty nonsense or regurgitating News of the World stories seemingly no questions asked. Are you really proferring a ‘Rupert Murdoch said it so that’s ok then’ excuse?

Anyway, I won’t stretch my dismay too far. You do have some particularly tip-top other posts on LC today.

I even changed my mind on the Tube strike tjanks to your guest post.

The article isn’t factually incorrect – though I’ve added an update referring to comments below the line.

PS I agree with Matt Wardman that your leaving yourself open for a legal challenge here. The money was “earned” before the election, not afterwards.

Don’t give the right an easy win.

@18.

Even if we concede the point that since Philips registered it in June, then to say he’s “earned £300k since May on 2nd job” is correct; given that it was for work done while he wasn’t an MP (and therefore not a 2nd job while he was one) – what’s your point?

And of course they all have nice warchests to spend on legal fees 🙂

“Even if we concede the point that since Philips registered it in June, then to say he’s “earned £300k since May on 2nd job” is correct; given that it was for work done while he wasn’t an MP (and therefore not a 2nd job while he was one) – what’s your point?”

No. There’s a difference between ‘registered’, ‘received’ and ‘earned’. The fact that he registered the money in June doesn’t necessarily mean that he received it after May; MPs are free to register anything that might be thought to influence their work in Parliament, even historic payments.

Second, even if he received all the money in June, it doesn’t mean he earned it in June. Imagine your pay doesn’t turn up in your bank account. “You haven’t earned it” says the boss. “What do you mean I haven’t earned it – I’ve been here six days a week for the last month, working ten hours a day”. “Yes, but you only earn it when you receive it, you haven’t received it, so you haven’t earned it”. Hmm.

23. Flowerpower

Still running an untrue/unfair headline days after the facts have been pointed out….. WHY?

Really, Hat’s off. Well done, as we know that “hard work always pays off”, after a long struggle with sincere effort it’s done. This action proof to be a win, win situation. This is a true art work, which will be a success story.
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