When you are happy that your MP is at the bottom of a league table

Ruth Cadbury has received just one payment, from the GMB

Sky News and Tortoise Media have jointly published a database of MPs’ earnings: ‘Westminster Accounts’, detailing how much money MPs earn and where it comes from.

All MPs are paid a base salary of £84,144. The Westminster Accounts show collectively the 650 Members of the House of Commons have earned £17.1m on top of their salaries in this parliament, from other jobs and ad hoc payments.

Around two-thirds of the money goes to just 20 MPs. Theresa May is the biggest earner, with £2,550,876 additional earnings since the session began in December 2019. She earned £408,200 for giving six talks in California, as well as flights and accommodation for her and a member of staff.

Boris Johnson has also been making big money on the speaker circuit since he stepped down as Prime Minister. He has declared more than one million pounds since he left office last September.

At the other end of the scale roughly one in ten members have not declared any interests during the current parliament.

Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford & Isleworth, ranks in the bottom 17% of MPs, having received only one payment, from the GMB union, for £2,000.

MPs are required to report both their own direct financial interests and any donations or other payments that are received by their local constituency party to support their work or election.

Every interest an MP declares falls into one of three categories: a donation, earnings from other employment and gifts and other benefits.

Image above: Rupa Huq in Qater with cross-party parliamentary delegation

Rupa Huq has received 29 payments, the largest covering expenses for a trip to Qatar

Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central and Acton, who is currently suspended from the Labour Party for comments she made about race, has declared 29 financial interests, worth the equivalent of approximately £24,180.

The largest single item Ms Huq has declared isa gift worth £7,570 from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar, which her office tells The Chiswick Calendar was for 2021 visit to Qatar as part of a cross-party parliamentary delegation “to discuss Qatar’s humanitarian and political response to the Afghanistan crisis, preparations for the World Cup, workers’ rights reform and bilateral relations.”

It covered flights, accommodation, internal travel and meals.

The Really Local Group, which ‘creates and restores cultural infrastructure through the regeneration and renewal of the UK’s high streets’ gave her £2,000.

The value of Ms Huq’s interests puts her in the top 37 per cent of all MPs. The average MP has received about £14,780 worth of donations, gifts and other payments and benefits.

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