Dozens of MPs earn more than double the national living wage on top of their £81,932 salary through work done outside of Parliament, often by acting as consultants to businesses. According to the latest MPs register of financial interests, as of 12 October, nine of the 10 MPs who will earn the most money outside of parliament in 2020 are Conservatives. Here are the highest earners.
9. David Davis - Conservative - £85,108
Former Brexit Secretary and onetime leadership candidate David Davis MP earns just over the amount of his MP salary again through advisory roles with JCB, and investment and real estate companies based in Germany. The MP for Howden and Haltemprice has also earned £4260 which was donated directly to an unnamed charity, through writing for newspapers including The Sun and Daily Mail. (Official Parliamentary portrait) Photo: (Official Parliamentary portrait)
10. Ed Davey - Liberal Democrat - £78,000
The Liberal Democrat leader will earn just under £80k by the end of the year, at least, through work in the energy and renewables sector, and as a “consultant on political issues and policy analysis” for Herbert Smith Freehills, an international law firm. According to his register of interests entry, “all earnings” from work outside parliament “will be used to benefit [Davey’s] disabled son.” (Official Parliamentary portrait) Photo: (Official Parliamentary portrait)